Washington DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement regarding the introduction of the his bill requiring the Veterans Administration Health System (VAHS) to report incidences of infectious diseases to the appropriate public health officials in the House of Representatives:
“I’m pleased that Congressmen Doyle and Murphy introduced the House version of my legislation to require the Veterans Administration to report outbreaks of infectious diseases. During the outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease at the VA Pittsburgh Health System, appropriate entities were not informed. This legislation will work to change the system, ensure the proper agencies are informed of an outbreak and require a plan of action to fix the situation. I look forward to working with Congressmen Doyle and Murphy, as well as Congressman Coffman, to get this legislation to the President’s desk.”
Senator Casey introduced his legislation, the Veterans Administration Disease Reporting and Oversight Act, earlier this month. Details can be found here.