November 13, 2019 9:00 AM
House passed H.R. 3224, the Deborah Sampson Act, which includes the Newborn
Care Improvement Act sponsored by 9th District Congressman Doug
The Newborn Care Improvement
Act, introduced by Collins in May 2019, extends the amount of time female
veterans’ newborns are eligible to receive medical care through the Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA) from 7 days to 14 days. The state of Georgia has the
fifth highest number of female veterans, and the Atlanta VA serves more female
veterans than any other VA nationwide.
After the vote Congressman
Collins issued the following statement:
serving in the armed forces put their lives on the line to defend our freedom,
and the very least we can do is ensure these service members and their newborns
receive the medical care they have earned. I’m proud the House passed this
critical legislation to ease the burden on new mothers receiving care from the
VA, and I encourage the Senate to do the same.
Senators Tillis (R-N.C.) and
Klobuchar (D-M.N.) have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.