FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2018
Criticizes Gillibrand’s Vote Against Increased Funding for VA
Pledges to personally inspect each and every VA facility as Senator
New York, New York - U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) blasted the release of new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rankings which demonstrated three facilities in New York had a one-star rating - equating with the lowest quality of care. VA care facilities in Buffalo, Canandaigua and the Bronx all received a one-star rating.
“These secret VA rankings are a disgrace. It’s unconscionable that there remains a lack of transparency at the VA when it comes to the quality of care delivered to our veterans,” said Farley.
According to a report in USA Today, the VA has tracked detailed quality statistics on its nursing homes for years, but has kept them secret, depriving policy makers, regulators and veterans of critical information. Nearly half of VA nursing homes nationwide – 60 – received the agency's lowest ranking of one out of five stars as of Dec. 31, 2017, including three in New York. This lack of public disclosure is not in line with the standards for other nursing homes in New York state.
“As Senator, I have committed to work to bring back our tax dollars to help fund priorities like care for veterans, but it’s not enough. That is why I am pledging to annually inspect every VA facility in New York to see first hand the level of care our veterans are actually receiving.”
Farley added, “While most in Washington are committed to improving care for veterans, my opponent Senator Gillibrand actually voted against increased funding.”
Farley also voiced support for the recently strengthened Veterans Choice Improvement Act, that allows patients seek care from private doctors if they want to bypass the troubled VA system. The legislation, which was signed by the President in April, is an important step forward in improving access to care.
Farley concluded, “In addition to annual visits, I have stated that, if elected, I would request assignment to the Veterans Affairs committee to be an advocate for the almost 1 million brave veterans who call New York home.”
Chele Farley is an outsider with over 25 years of experience in the private sector. She is the endorsed Republican, Conservative and Reform Party candidate for U.S. Senate. Farley lives in New York City with her husband Richard and their three sons. For more information about U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley, please visit www.CheleFarleyforSenate.com.