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Bera Votes to Expand Health Care to Veterans Exposed to Toxic Substances

Honoring our PACT Act will expand access to health care for more than 3.5 million veterans

Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) today voted for the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, historic legislation to expand health care access for millions of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their time in service.

"As a doctor who has helped care for our nation's veterans, I have seen firsthand how much they have sacrificed for our country. Unfortunately, our veterans who have been exposed to toxic chemicals have been left without the care they deserve because of unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles." said Representative Bera. "I proudly voted yes on this important piece of legislation that will expand access to care and benefits for over 3.5 million veterans who have been exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This legislation is a critical step towards ensuring our veterans get the best care possible."

The Honoring our PACT Act, which passed the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support, will:

  • Provide health care to as many as 3.5 million veterans exposed to airborne hazards and burn pits;

  • Provide extension of combat eligibility for health care from 5 to 10 years with a one-year open enrollment period for certain veterans who missed their window; and

  • Streamline the VA's review process for establishing toxic exposure presumptions.