Congressman Beto O’Rourke today introduced the bipartisan Veteran Prescription Continuity Act with Congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado.
The bill would help ensure service members can get the same prescription drugs they are receiving on active duty once they leave the military and get their health care through the VA.
“Our military heroes should receive the best medicines regardless of whether they are active duty or veteran. This legislation ensures that will be the case,” said O’Rourke.
Right now there’s no guarantee a patient can be prescribed the same drug by a VA doctor as a DOD doctor unless that medication is for post-traumatic stress or chronic pain.
“Our veterans deserve a seamless transition, when they leave active duty and go into the VA system, that prevents any delays in providing them with the health care benefits that they have earned through their military service,” said Coffman.
The Veteran Prescription Continuity Act requires the VA and DOD to work together to ensure a veteran can access the same prescriptions he or she received while on active duty, regardless of the condition being treated.