Our monthly newsletter keeps Veterans affected by multiple myeloma up-to-date on issues that affect them.

January 2023 VAM Newsletter

Senators Introduce Legislation to Recruit Additional VA Clinicians

Senators from both parties introduced legislation aimed at addressing the issue of medical personnel shortages. Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas) introduced the The VA Clinician Appreciation, Recruitment, Education, Expansion, and Retention Support (CAREERS) Act. The bill was introduced with the goal of providing the VA with more resources and incentives to recruit and retain qualified clinicians.

Why this is important: If passed, this legislation would ensure that the VA is adequately staffed to ensure that veterans receive quality care from skilled medical professionals. This is especially relevant to myeloma patients who receive care at the VA as the bill leads state it “would also better prepare VA to manage care for the thousands of veterans newly eligible under the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.”

View the VA CAREERS Act legislation.

House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees Leaders and Membership Announced

New leaders were recently announced for House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees. Senator Tester (D-Montana) will continue to serve in his role as Chairman of the Senate committee and Senator Moran (R-Kansas) will reprise his role as the Ranking Member. Representative Bost (R-Illinois) will serve as the Chairman of the House committee and Rep. Mark Takano (D-California) will serve as the Ranking Member.

Why this is important: These Representatives and Senators will be leading any efforts that would impact veterans and the benefits they receive. This includes issues related to toxic exposures and cancer.

View more about House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Membership.

View more about the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

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