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August 25, 2021
Legislation Assuring Automatic VA Enrollment is Vital
By: Russell Lemle and Suzanne Gordon, Senior Policy Analysts, in The Hill
VHPI Senior Policy Analysts Russell Lemle and Suzanne Gordon report on the urgent need to pass EVEST Act, which would greatly open the door to veteran patients.
August 18, 2021
Dems Fight to Make VA Health Care Enrollment Easier for New Veterans
By: Suzanne Gordon, Senior Policy Analyst, in The American Prospect
VHPI Senior Policy Analyst Suzanne Gordon reports on the EVEST Act, which, if passed, would help veterans during their tough transition to civilian life.
May 20, 2021
The Veterans Who Bury Their Own
By: Jasper Craven, Policy Fellow, in The New York Times
Jasper Craven wrote about the honorable work inside the third, largely overlooked wing of the Department of Veterans Affairs: The National Cemetery Administration
May 20, 2021
Trump Set in Motion a Plan to Privatize the VA. Will Biden Enable It?
By: Suzanne Gordon, VHPI Senior Policy Analyst, in the American Prospect
Suzanne Gordon reported about the threats of the VA's impending Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission
April 20, 2021
Biden's Infrastructure Plan Would Finally Fund VA's Hospital Upgrades
By: Russell Lemle and Suzanne Gordon, Senior Policy Analysts, for The Hill
Russell Lemle and Suzanne Gordon, two of VHPI's Senior Policy Analysts, wrote an op-ed in The Hill analyzing how President Biden's infrastructure plans could bolster the VA in key ways.
April 7, 2021
St. Louis Veterans Affairs Expects To Give 80% of Patients COVID-19 Vaccine By Summer
By: St. Louis Public Radio; Source: Suzanne Gordon
VHPI Policy Fellow Suzanne Gordon spoke to St. Louis Public Radio about the impressive work by the Department of Veterans Affairs to coordinate care and administer vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By: Joan Cook PhD; Source: VHPI analysis
Joan Cook, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, wrote in the Federal Practitioner about VHPI's recent analysis of a groundbreaking study into the "VA advantage."
March 25. 2021
By: Chris Serres; Source: Suzanne Gordon
The Star Tribune spoke with VHPI Policy Fellow Suzanne Gordon in its report on how the VA “has emerged as a success story in the furious race to vaccinate people against the deadly [coronavirus]."
Oct. 15, 2020
By: Dave Philipps; Source: Russell Lemle
The New York Times cited VHPI Policy Analyst Russell Lemle, Ph.D., in its report on how “the gun control debate complicated an effort to encourage frank talk by health professionals about the risks posed by firearms.”
March 20, 2020
The Veterans Health Administration has a big role to play in the COVID-19 pandemic. But have repeated attempts to privatize the agency hindered its ability to respond? Read more from VHPI’s Suzanne Gordon and Jasper Craven at The American Prospect.
September 13, 2019
The VA is actively creating the Community Care Network as part of the VA MISSION Act’s implementation. But why aren’t officials sharing information with Congress? Read it at Washington Monthly.
February 1, 2019
Access standards are driving the conversation around the VA MISSION Act’s implementation — not the clinical needs of veteran patients. Read more at the American Prospect.
January 15, 2019
The MISSION Act was supposed to fix the problems with an expensive program that outsourced veterans to the private sector. But did it make those mistakes permanent? Read it at the American Prospect.
August 29, 2018
“A behind-the-scenes race by private companies, some offering questionable – or at least unproven – treatments for the signature injury of modern war: post-traumatic stress disorder.” Read it at Reveal News from the Center for Investigative Reporting.
March 6, 2018
Major reports in U.S. health care publications say the private sector isn’t prepared to care for veteran patients. Why is Congress moving ahead with its plan anyway?
April 11, 2018
Steven A. Cohen has hired lobbyists in D.C. while expanding his network of veteran mental health clinics. Is he ‘greasing the wheels of VHA privatization?’ Read it at The Nation.