Sens. Cramer, Ossoff introduces bill to give more veterans access to mental health and substance abuse treatment

The legislation would reduce out-of-pocket expenses for veterans seeking mental health or substance abuse treatment

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) have introduced legislation to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for veterans seeking mental health or substance abuse treatment in VA. The bipartisan REMOVE Copays Law would allow veterans to achieve co-payment-free mental health and substance abuse treatment from VA and community providers for their first three outpatient visits each year. Currently, many veterans face out-of-pocket expenses for outpatient mental health services or substance abuse when seeking VA treatment.

“Each veteran was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day. We should make sure they have access to the care they need. Eliminating co-payments for veterans for three mental health appointments per year prioritizes both their mental and physical health. It is an important way to help them adjust to civilian life,” said Senator Cramer.

“My bipartisan bill will eliminate co-payments for three psychiatric appointments per year for all veterans. I bring both parties together to make this happen, and I work for Georgia’s veterans every day.” said Senator Ossoff. “My office stands ready to help veterans at ossoff.senate.gov.”

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