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House Subcommittee Approves Veterans’ Health Services Bills

On July 22, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health passed, by voice vote, H.R. 423, the Newborn Care Improvement Act, and H.R. 2915, the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act. The subcommittee held a hearing on the bills on July 14 (see The Source, 7/17/15).

The Newborn Care Improvement Act

H.R. 423, sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), would allow the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand from seven to 14 days after childbirth post-delivery care services for women veterans receiving maternity care in a VA facility.

The Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act

H.R. 2915, sponsored by Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), would direct the secretary of VA to identify mental health care and suicide prevention programs and metrics that are effective in treating women veterans, and to measure levels of satisfaction among patients in such programs.

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