Veteran care and pain management was the focus of
a bipartisan roundtable hosted by U-S Senator Tammy
called 'Realizing the Jason Simcakoski Sim-kus-key
Memorial and Promise Act'.
was held in Washinton D-C.
Simcakoski Sim-kus-key was a veteran patient who passed
away while being treated at the Tomah V-A.
Simcakoski's Sim-kus-key death sparked the investigation
into the V-A's use of opioids and the removal of Doctor
David Houlihan and former Medical Center Director
As a result.
Wisconsin representatives moved to improve veteran
health care across the country following the Tomah
V-A investigation with the Simcakoski Sim-kus-key
Yesterday's roundtable discussion gave lawmakers the
chance to hear from health care providers and veteran
In terms of the guidelines that are being developed,
I think they have the real potential with regard to
prescribing to the examples and models for the entire
nation, including the private sector health plans.
The Simcakoski family attended the roundtable as well.
giving first- hand accounts of how lax regulations
impact both veterans and their families.
We want to see the progress of the bill and we want
to make sure that, you know, the bottom line is we're
trying to help the veterans out there, and the service
men and women.
Obviously what happened to Jason we don't want to
happen to other veterans and service men and women.
Lawmakers hope the roundtable becomes an annual discussion
to continue improving veteran care.