Decision To Halt Veterans' Emergency Services Blasted

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Due to a shortage of physicians within the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) decided to halt emergency services to area veterans.

Senator Jerry Moran, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, blasted that decision. "Veterans who have served our nation with duty and honor deserve access to quality health care when they need it," he said in a press release.

VHA recommends veterans to call 911 in case of a medical emergency. The VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System is working with local hospitals and emergency services to provide veterans with the care they need.

Senator Moran is dedicated to improving conditions for veterans' health. From questions of overstaffing to understaffing of certain facilities, Moran has gotten involved with Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs. He has also introduced legislation to expand emergency care treatment and reimbursement eligibility. His bill was passed in the committee, and is now awaiting approval from the full Senate.