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House Proceeding 05-20-08 on May 20th, 2008 :: 2:18:23 to 2:22:56
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Philip Hare

2:18:23 to 2:18:37( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: table. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? mr. hare: mr. speaker, i ask that the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 2790 as amended.

Philip Hare

2:18:23 to 2:22:56( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Philip Hare

Philip Hare

2:18:37 to 2:18:46( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2790, to establish the position of director of physician assistant services within the office of

Philip Hare

2:18:46 to 2:18:56( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: the under secretary of veterans' affairs for health, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. hare, and the gentleman from florida, mr.

Philip Hare

2:18:56 to 2:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: miller, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. hare thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker

Philip Hare

2:19:04 to 2:19:17( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hare: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased that the house today is considering h.r. 2790, a bill i authored to elevate the current position

Philip Hare

2:19:17 to 2:19:28( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: of physician assistant advisor to a full-time director of physician assistant services within the v.a. central office. i'd like to thank my good friend, jerry moran, for leading the effort with

Philip Hare

2:19:28 to 2:19:42( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: me, as well as chairman filner and ranking member buyer, for their co-sponsorship of this legislation. i'd like to acknowledge all of my colleagues on the veterans' affairs committee who

Philip Hare

2:19:42 to 2:20:01( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: joined as co-sponsors and the american academy of physician assistants who worked tirelessly on this bill. there are currently 1,600 physician assistants serving the v.a. health administration,

Philip Hare

2:20:01 to 2:20:12( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: including many veterans, national guard and reservists. they are critical to the health care delivery system and is 1/4 of all patients seen in the v.a. the p.a. advisor is based in the field

Philip Hare

2:20:12 to 2:20:25( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: to fall-time director is necessary in order to ensure that p.a.'s are being appropriately and effectively utilized throughout the v.h.a. right now, the p.a. advisor is being left out of stratenalic

Philip Hare

2:20:25 to 2:20:36( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: planning discussions and long-term staffing initiatives, leaving p.a.'s with no voice and no advocate. additionally, there is a severe disparity throughout the v.a. facilities in how p.a.'s

Philip Hare

2:20:36 to 2:20:47( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: are being used, what medical services they can perform and even whether facilities can hire physician assistants. most importantly, the unnecessary restrictions and widespread confusion are causing

Philip Hare

2:20:47 to 2:21:00( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: the v.a. to miss a clear opportunity to improve the quality of health care for our veterans. one of the biggest challenges facing current and future p.a.'s in the v.a. system is their

Philip Hare

2:21:00 to 2:21:08( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: exclusion from any recruitment and retention efforts or benefits. the v.a. designates certain portions, such as physicians and nurses as critical occupations, which are given priority and

Philip Hare

2:21:08 to 2:21:28( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: loan repayment and scholarship programs. since p.a.'s are not designated as a critical occupation, they are excluded from these moneys despite the fact that the v.a. has determined that physician

Philip Hare

2:21:28 to 2:21:48( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: assistants and nurse practitioners functionally, interchangeably, and equal in the work they perform. the underutilization, the lack of recruitment and retention will not consider the v.a. as

Philip Hare

2:21:48 to 2:22:04( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: viable work options. veterans that live in underserved areas made the same sacrifices as their urban and suburban counterparts. with a disproportionate number of people being cared for by

Philip Hare

2:22:04 to 2:22:14( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: p.a.'s, we need to have a system to best serve their needs. considering the fact that nearly 40% of all v.a. p.a.'s are projected to retire in the next two years, the v.a. is in danger of losing

Philip Hare

2:22:14 to 2:22:28( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: their physician work force unless some attention is paid to this critical group. this bill will allow the director of physician assistant services to become a component within the v.a. system

Philip Hare

2:22:28 to 2:22:38( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: to proactively solve the many issues facing p.a.'s and give p.a.'s a fair and long overdue voice. mr. speaker, this commonsense legislation promotes quality medical care for our veterans. i

Philip Hare

2:22:38 to 2:22:48( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: urge my colleagues to support it. thank you, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: thank you, mr.

Philip Hare

2:22:48 to 2:22:56( Edit History Discussion )

Philip Hare: speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: as memorial day approaches, it's appropriate that we take time this week

Jeff Miller

2:22:56 to 2:23:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Miller: to consider the next 10 bills that are on the suspension calendar. in doing so we must be mindful of the heavy sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces. as their sacrifices that

Jeff Miller

2:22:56 to 2:24:47( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Miller

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