Don't Cut Vets off From Needed Prescriptions

The Veteran Prescription Continuity Act Will Help Transitioning Service Members

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Washington, DC, May 26, 2016 | comments
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) today introduced the bipartisan Veteran Prescription Continuity Act with Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX). The bill would help ensure service members can get the same prescription drugs they are receiving on active duty once they leave the military and get their health care through the Veterans Administration (VA).
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U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) today introduced the bipartisan Veteran Prescription Continuity Act with Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX). The bill would help ensure service members can get the same prescription drugs they are receiving on active duty once they leave the military and get their health care through the Veterans Administration (VA).

“Our veterans deserve a seamless transition, when they leave active duty and go into the VA system, that prevents any delays in providing them with the health care benefits that they have earned through their military service," said Coffman. 

Right now there’s no guarantee a patient can be prescribed the same drug by a VA doctor as a Department of Defense (DOD) doctor unless that medication is for post-traumatic stress or chronic pain. The Veteran Prescription Continuity Act requires the VA and DOD to work together to ensure a veteran can access the same prescriptions he or she received while on active duty, regardless of the condition being treated.

“Our military heroes should receive the best medicines regardless of whether they are active duty or veteran. This legislation ensures that will be the case,” said O’Rourke.

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