Rehberg Works to Ensure Affordable Healthcare Access for Montana's Veterans
Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, recently cosponsored legislation to ensure affordable access to healthcare for Montana's veterans.
"With gas prices skyrocketing and healthcare costs going up, a visit to the VA medical center can be an expensive trip," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "So, anything we can do to ease the burden on Montana veterans is a huge step. This bill would go a long way in ensuring they can afford to see the doctor."
The Veterans Travel Tax Relief Act would allow a veteran who lives more than 25 miles from the nearest VA Medical Center to receive up to $400 in tax deductions that will help compensate for travel expenses when receiving treatment of their service connected disability. Montana's sole regional medical center, Fort Harrison, is located outside of Helena.
"The current 28 cents per mile reimbursement for gasoline doesn't go very far," said Rehberg. "It's time to do more. This legislation is a great start."