News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

I am excited to tell you about the past week. This week, I introduced a bill to expand affordable access to health care for military families, supported historic policing reform legislation, advocated for women veterans, and more! Scroll down for a recap.


Championing Police Reform Legislation


Following the tragic and wrongful murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, it is evident that Congress must act. On Thursday, I announced my support of the Justice in Policing Act. This historic and bicameral policing reform legislation would build trust between law enforcement and our communities, hold police accountable, and enhance public safety.

The Justice in Policing Act contains several overdue reforms to improve police departments and accountability across our country. It prohibits racial profiling and mandates training on racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling for all law enforcement. This bill also bans chokeholds, carotid holds, and no-knock warrants at the federal level. Another provision mandates the use of dashboard and body cameras for federal officers and requires state and local law enforcement to use body cameras.

Only by enacting corrective policies will we be able to revitalize the vital role that police must play in keeping our communities safe. That is why I am proud to join my colleagues as a co-sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act, which lays out a comprehensive plan to rebuild this critical community relationship, ensure accountability, and safeguard public safety for all Americans.


Introducing the Health Care Fairness for Military Families Act


One of my top priorities is working to ensure our servicemembers, veterans, and their families receive the resources they need to succeed. That is why I introduced the Health Care Fairness for Military Families Act to expand affordable access to quality health care to military families.

The Affordable Care Act allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26. Unfortunately, TRICARE does not give military families that same benefit. My new bill would bring equity to TRICARE beneficiaries by conforming its eligibility requirements to those offered by private insurance plans regulated by the ACA.

Currently, TRICARE dependents may only remain on their parents’ policy until they are 21 years old. If they are enrolled as a full-time student in an approved institution and if their parent pays more than half of their financial support, the dependent may remain on their parents’ policy until they turn 23 years old or are out of school, whichever comes first. The Health Care Fairness for Military Families Act fixes this by allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ TRICARE plan until they are 26. This is an important step to provide our military families with the access to health care that they deserve during these trying times.


Pressing VA Officials to Ensure the Safety of Veterans and Employees


On Thursday afternoon, my House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs colleagues and I held a hearing to discuss and analyze the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to care for veterans and protect its employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the hearing, I questioned expert witnesses on how the VA plans to address its significant backlog in processing compensation and pension (C&P) exams, the reopening of VA Medical Centers and their utilization of telehealth, and the VA’s position on telework for employees during this pandemic.

 

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Click above to watch me question witnesses.


As Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, I am deeply concerned by the VA’s handling of C&P exams during the COVID-19 pandemic, with countless veterans relying on these exams to access their earned benefits. As a representative for over 100,000 veterans, I will continue to seek answers regarding when the Hampton VAMC will reopen for C&P exams and whether coronavirus testing will be provided to ensure the safety of our veterans and VA employees.


Supporting an Effort to Bolster Women Veterans’ Mental Health Programs


As a veteran, I understand the unique challenges women face when returning home from service. Women make up the fastest-growing group of veterans enrolling in VA health care, and they deserve the best mental health care resources and programs. To bolster our support systems and counseling programs for our bravest women, I am supporting Congresswoman Brownley’s Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans‎ Act.

This bill would permanently authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) pilot program that provides counseling in retreat settings for women veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It would also expand this program nationwide.

The program offered 12 retreats to hundreds of women veterans between 2011 and 2016 that focused on building trust and peer support in a therapeutic environment. These retreats included services such as information on reintegrating into the family, employment, and community, financial counseling, and stress reduction.

I am pleased to join Congresswoman Brownley on an effort that will expand these critical health services to women who served our country. Congress should uphold its commitment to our nation’s heroes by considering and passing this legislation.

 

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Last week I joined members of our faith communities at the Hampton Roads Collective Prayer March to pray for the unity and healing of our nation.

 

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I stood with community leaders, clergy, activists, and local law enforcement to renew the Historic Triangle Covenant between law enforcement and the community. We must recommit ourselves to healing the wounds left by years of systematic racism to move forward together.

 

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Please know that my team and I stand ready to assist our community during this time of need. For resources to help you and your family navigate through COVID-19, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our offices via the phone numbers below.

Sincerely,

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