Improvement and Expansion of Dental Care: A critical aspect of health care, which is all too often overlooked, is dental care. According to the National Institute of Health, dental health and general health should not be interpreted as separate entities. Bad dental health impacts overall health, including, but not limited to, increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and adverse birth outcomes. The men and women who have sacrificed to defend us deserve access to comprehensive health care, including dental care. This legislation includes groundbreaking provisions that would improve and expand VA dental care.
Expanding the Caregivers Program: Wives, husbands, mothers, fathers and other loved ones have put their own lives on hold to care for those who are unable to fully care for themselves as a result of their service to this nation. This legislation rectifies an inequity by giving the same additional services and benefits to caregivers of pre-9/11 veterans, such as Vietnam veterans, that are currently available to only caregivers of post-9/11 veterans.
Extension of Health Care Access for Recently Separated Veterans: This legislation would extend, from five to 10 years, enrollment in VA health care for individuals who served on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, to address their health care needs early.
Expanded Access to Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Given concerns over access to mental health care and treatment for chronic pain, including overmedication, this legislation would increase access to complementary and alternative medicine such as acupuncture and yoga.
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