Congress Proposes Female Vet Health Care Transitioning Program

Congress Proposes Female Vet Health Care Transitioning Program

According to the proposal suggested by Congress to ensure the availability of healthcare to transitioning women service members, health care transition training might become mandatory for troops. The idea was proposed to ensure that all female veterans have proper access to healthcare facilities following their military separation.

Rep. Julia Brownley recently stated that this program is essential for all women as it would provide a safe place where they could talk about the problems they face, and it could help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) understand the issues they face, too. Another issue that lawmakers encounter is that most women are not even aware of this program, and making it mandatory could help them get more access to their health benefits.

The women's health transition training program is jointly run by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the VA. The program is an online course that provides all the information one needs to apply for and use health benefits.

And, while this is a remarkable program, lawmakers still feel that the DOD needs to introduce more to ensure proper services for women veterans. Moreover, according to the Congressional Research Service report published this year, only 37% of the women veterans enrolled in this program. In recent years, only 1,500 women have registered for this program.

Out of those 1,500, only 54% chose VA healthcare services upon completing the program. According to the deputy director at the VA's outreach, the officials are expanding this program to ensure better reach and engagement.

William Mansell, the Defense Support Service Center director, said that making this program mandatory will not solve anything. Instead, it will take away the flexibility of the service members. He added that there are several other ways to ensure that women are enrolling in this program.

As a response to this, Browley stated that while there are other ways, they might not be as strong as making the program mandatory, given that most women leave the services with the trauma of the assault and are in dire need of medical assistance.