U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, has reintroduced legislation that would extend the amount of time that a female veteran’s newborn can receive medical care through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Currently, the VA is only authorized to provide up to 7 days of care for a female veteran’s newborn. The Newborn Care Improvement Act would extend that time to 14 days.
“Too often, new mothers receiving medical care from the VA face financial challenges and complex insurance decisions while seeking to obtain critical care for their newborns,” Collins said in a statement. “Ensuring the VA expands care for the women who selflessly serve in our armed forces continues to be a priority for me, and I’m proud to join my colleagues in reintroducing the Newborn Care Improvement Act.”
U.S. Reps. Susie Lee (D-Nevada), Jackie Walorski (R-Indiana) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pennsylvania) are co-sponsors.
The state of Georgia has the fifth highest number of female veterans, and the Atlanta VA serves more female veterans than any other VA nationwide, according to a release from Collins’ office.
Collins first introduced the bill in 2015, then reintroduced it in 2017.
Senators Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) have introduced the companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.