Legislative Forum – Sheridan VA Medical Center

Representatives of the Sheridan Veterans Affairs Medical Center addressed legislators Wednesday at the Legislative Forum mainly to assure them that efforts are underway to educate veterans about how the Affordable Care Act may affect them.

VA Director Debra Hirschman said all veterans enrolled for services at the VA are taken care of and meet all requirements of the ACA. She said the VA has been working with Navigators, who exist to guide Wyoming residents through the process of applying for health insurance through the federal health insurance exchange, so they can give guidance to any veterans who approach them.

Public Affairs Coordinator Jackie Van Mark said the Sheridan VA has only received two calls to inquire about the ACA and how it impacts veterans.

Hirschman then updated legislators on projects at the VA including a new coal fired power plant, a new wellness center to promote physical fitness and well-being, a new dental suite, continued work on telehealth programs and a new 24,000 square foot building to house PTSD and substance abuse patients. The VA has also been increasing its work on its home-based primary care program, which serves approximately 20 patients per day.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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