On June 18, 2014 Representative Julia Brownley introduced H.R. 4887, “The Expanding Care forVeterans Act,” which would provide for research, education and the delivery of CAM for our nation’s veterans. HR 4887 would mandate that theVeterans Administration (VA) conduct re- search while developing a plan that includes CAM over a threeyear period, thereby providing time to assess the “feasibility and advisability of integrating CAM with other health care services” provided byVA medical centers.
Support of H.R. 4887 would further enable the opportunity to determine what obstacles, if any, would prohibit the administration of CAM services withinVA facilities.The IHPC believes that inclusion of the provisions of H.R. 4887 within the recently convened Conference Committee’s task of finalizinglegislation aimed at improving veterans’ healthcare access would greatly further benefitsavailable to our nation’s veterans.