May 18, 2023
ASA Applauds Rep. David Scott for Introducing Legislation to Protect Veterans
Today, Representatives David Scott (D-GA-13), Yvette Clarke (D-NY-9), Andrew Gabarino (R-NY-2), and Michael Turner (R-OH-10) reintroduced H.R. 3347, the Protect Lifesaving Anesthesia Care for Veterans Act. This ASA-supported bill would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from removing physician anesthesiologists from the anesthesia care team in the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) health care system.
ASA proudly endorses this important legislation which would guarantee Veterans access to the exact same standard of anesthesia care as other citizens. Physician anesthesiologists earn between 12,000 and 16,000 hours of clinical training, whereas nurse anesthetists are only required to earn 2,500 hours of clinical training.
Ask your lawmaker to cosponsor H.R. 3347 here.
Read Rep. Scott News Release here.
Read the bill text here.