May 27, 2022
Senators simultaneously announced the inclusion of a new clinic in Prince George’s County; The legislation is expected to be considered by the full Senate in the coming weeks
WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.), Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr. announced that they had successfully obtained licensing and funding for a new Baltimore-based community outpatient clinic (CBOC), operated by the Veterans Health Administration, in a bill released by the US Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.
Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (PACT Act), which is expected to be considered by the US Senate in the coming weeks, is comprehensive, bipartisan legislation led by the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, Jon Testeur (D-Mont.) and ranking member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). The bill provides health care benefits to all generations of veterans exposed to toxic substances for the first time in the country’s history. Maryland lawmakers fought to include authorization for a new Baltimore CBOC lease along with $43 million in seed funding for the CBOC. The new facility will replace and expand outpatient services currently provided at the existing Baltimore VA Clinic Annex on Fayette Street while reducing pressure on the Baltimore VA Medical Center.
“We must keep our promises to veterans who put themselves at risk to serve our country, and that includes making sure they have access to high-quality health care. That’s why I worked alongside my bipartisan colleagues on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to secure funding for this new outpatient clinic in Baltimore that will help provide much-needed services to our veterans in the Baltimore. This is a great victory for our community and a vital step forward in improving the network of care for veterans across our state. We will fight for this legislation – which also includes historic investment in care and benefits for veterans exposed to toxins – to be enacted,” said Senator Van Hollen.
“It is essential that our veterans have access to top-notch health care services in a timely and convenient manner. They have served this country on the battlefield and it is time for us to repay that debt here at home,” said Senator Cardin. “Expanding the network of community outpatient clinics available to Baltimore-area veterans will be a game-changer, bringing a range of state-of-the-art healthcare services right at your fingertips. The Maryland team will always keep our promises to our veterans.
“Our veterans deserve state-of-the-art health care in state-of-the-art facilities,” Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger said. “They also deserve an accessible and convenient healthcare system. This new clinic will help us deliver on all of those promises and I am proud of the team effort that has gone into making this happen for our local veterans.
“Our veterans have made enormous sacrifices for this country, and we must thank them by providing them with the best care possible. The creation of a new Baltimore CBOC facility will strengthen veterans’ access to the benefits they have rightfully earned,” Said Congressman Sarbanes. “This important part of the Honoring Our PACT Act serves the legislation’s broader mission to improve the care of veterans exposed to toxic substances and delivers on our promises to millions of veterans.”
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to our veterans as a nation, so it’s a privilege to fight for them in Congress,” said Congressman Kweisi Mfume. “Helping meet the health care needs of veterans is just one aspect of the work we do every day to honor them for their service.
“Baltimore veterans are a key part of our communities and they deserve access to the best health care we can provide. I am grateful to our incredible federal delegation for securing funding for a new outpatient clinic here in Baltimore so our veterans can get the care they need close to home,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott.
“Caring for our veterans should be a top priority for all of us, and this new funding could go a long way to improving services for veterans in the Baltimore area.” I am grateful to Senator Van Hollen and all of our members of Congress for their efforts to bring these resources to the region and to support the men and women who have served our country,” said Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr..
This legislation provides for the lease of an approximately 112,624 square foot outpatient clinic near Baltimore, MD, including 800 parking spaces. The new facility would allow VA to improve outpatient services and provide more primary care space than is currently available at the Baltimore VA Clinic Annex – enabling full implementation of the care delivery model of the Patient-Aligned Care Team (PACT), improving operational efficiency and the Veteran experience. This CBOC will be a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient health care facility providing primary care, mental health, specialty care, and ancillary services to veterans in the Baltimore area.
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