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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. 

March 2021

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.”

April 14, 2020

Trump’s VA Secretary insisted before Congress that hiring to fill 50,000 vacancies at the Department of Veterans Affairs shouldn’t be a priority. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

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.

November 27, 2019

How a suicide prevention bill became another way to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read it 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.

June 6, 2019

High risks potentially await veterans as the VA MISSION Act is launched. It’s likely that high cost awaits American taxpayers, too. Read it at the American Prospect.

April 19, 2019

Gordon spoke to KFPA radio about her new book and how the VA provides the best model for national healthcare.

April 16, 2019

VA officials admitted that the VA MISSION Act would likely ‘stumble’ in its first days of implementation. One veterans’ advocate warned of the problems veterans could face from the private sector. Read it at the American Prospect.

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.

March 11, 2019

Former leaders of the Concerned Veterans for America seem to be using old talking points to deny privatization efforts at the VA. Read it at the American Prospect.

January 15, 2019

By: Jasper Craven & Suzanne Gordon

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.

Unhealthy Skepticism

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?

August 29, 2018

By: Jasper Craven & Suzanne Gordon

“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

By: Jasper Craven & Suzanne Gordon

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.