By Tim Kowols
The Department of Veterans Affairs will get the money it needs to improve its opioid prescribing practices after Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Senate Appropriations Committee approved its funding on Thursday. Signed into law in 2016, the bipartisan committee agreed to fully fund the Jason Simcakoski Memorial and Promise Act at a cost of $52 million as a part of the 2019 Fiscal Year Military Construction and VA Appropriations Bill. Senator Baldwin says “Jason’s Law” is working to the hold the VA more accountable and provides safer care for veterans.
According to Stars and Stripes, the VA has cut its opioid prescription rate by 41 percent since its safety initiative was created in 2012.