House Throws Fiscal Weight Behind VA-DOD Health Database

Law360, New York (May 16, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT) -- A House subcommittee on Wednesday considered a $73.3 billion bill to fund military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs, approving provisions that would cut off information technology funding until the VA and U.S. Department of Defense agree on a joint health database for U.S. troops and veterans.

Lawmakers have sharply criticized the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments over their decision to cancel a planned $4 billion joint database that would integrate the medical records of military service members and veterans, saying that the cost-saving measure...
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