Long tours new Springfield Veteran Affairs medical clinic
Springfield, MO, June 6, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, MO – Today, Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) toured the Springfield Veteran Affairs (VA) medical clinic. This brand new facility serves an average of 200 veterans per day and offers a wide array of services including primary care, mental health, lab services, radiology, and endoscopy. In addition to these and other services, the clinic plans to offer dental services in the near future.
“It’s been a long time coming, but it is great to see that the Springfield VA Clinic is finally up and running,” said Congressman Long. “The staff I met today were enthusiastic and ready to serve the veterans in their community. This state of the art facility and the incredible staff that keep it running will be able to serve our veterans for decades to come.”
While touring the facility, Congressman Long discussed the importance of implementing the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act. Signed into law in June of 2018, the MISSION Act expands the VA’s telehealth capabilities which are critical to providing services to veterans in rural communities. The MISSION Act also consolidates the VA’s multiple community care programs into one, making it easier for veterans to seek care in their local community.
“The MISSION Act will improve the quality of care at VA hospitals and clinics here in Springfield and throughout the nation,” said Congressman Long. “Telehealth has become such an important part of rural healthcare and with its expansion in the MISSION Act, more veterans will be able to take advantage of this service. It is important that we in Congress give the VA what it needs to properly launch and implement the MISSION Act.”
The Springfield VA medical clinic opened its doors in December and will serve 17,000 veterans per year throughout southwest Missouri.