Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act secures funding for 2018

Named after late Wisconsin marine veteran

A national bill named after a veteran who died while in the Tomah VA’s care has secured funding.

Congressional representatives approved $55-million for the Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act for the 2018 fiscal year. The bill reforms pain management and opioid use for veterans across the country, while creating stronger oversight at VA centers.

Simcakoski was a Wisconsin marine who died from mixed drug toxicity in 2014, sparking an investigation into the Tomah VA’s pain management practices.

Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind says passing the reforms is the first step.

“We still need to be very diligent in making sure the reforms are made that are in the best interests of our veterans and their families, that we’re exploring alternative and complementary forms of pain management, so it isn’t just prescription drugs that we’re loading them up on,” said Representative Kind.

The Senate still needs to pass the bill before it heads to the President’s desk.