The Impact of President Bush's Budget on Veterans Health Care in Oregon's 5th Congressional District

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The Special Investigations Division of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform examines the impact of President Bush's proposed FY 2006 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs on veterans in Oregon's 5th Congressional District. The report finds that the increased fees, including a $250 annual enrollment fee and doubled copayments for prescription drugs, will force thousands of veterans to drop out of the VA health care system. Approximately 2,300 veterans in Rep. Hooley's district will be affected. Additionally, Oregon veterans remaining in the system will face average cost increases of $390 annually, totaling an estimated $6.7 million statewide, with $1.0 million impacting veterans in Rep. Hooley's district specifically.
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