Guthrie introduces bill to increase medical care priority status for POWs – The Advocate-Messenger

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) helped introduce the Prisoners of War Priority Care Act, which would give former prisoners of war (POWs) priority group status for medical care at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Veterans who were prisoners of war have both visible and invisible wounds from the unique hardships they endured.

The Prisoners of War Priority Care Act recognizes the adversity faced by prisoners of war and their service by elevating these veterans to the highest priority status for medical care at the Department of Veterans Affairs. I am proud to join Representatives Walberg, Krishnamoorthi and Rush in introducing the Prisoners of War Priority Care Act and hope that my colleagues will support this bill to increase the priority status of medical care for prisoners of war” , Guthrie said.

U.S. Representative Tim Walberg (R-MI) led the introduction of the bill with Representatives Guthrie, Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Bobby L. Rush (D-IL). The POW Priority Care Act changes the VA priority group of veterans who were prisoners of war (POW) from priority group 3 to priority group 1. Veterans enrolled in VA health care are assigned priority groups to categorize health care benefits and eligibility for services.

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