DeLissio advocates for health care for women veterans of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, May 31 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., is sponsoring a resolution that focuses on the exclusive healthcare needs of women veterans by establishing the Task Force on Women Veterans’ Health Care in House Resolution 348.

House Resolution 348 was recently referred to the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. This is a bipartisan effort, and DeLissio is encouraging her female colleagues in particular to cosponsor this bipartisan legislation.

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, women make up 9% of the estimated 21 million veterans. In Pennsylvania, there are nearly 45,000 women veterans. It is estimated that by 2045, women will make up approximately 18% of the veteran population.

While the proportion of women veterans continues to increase, the unique health needs of women are often overlooked in providing services to the predominately male veteran population.

This legislation’s goal in establishing the Task Force is to study the health issues facing women veterans and make recommendations to the governor and General Assembly. The task force would be composed of 18 members, including four women veterans in Pennsylvania, representatives from the healthcare provider community with experience in treating women veterans, advocates and various state agency secretaries.

“The service and sacrifice of all of our veterans should be applauded and admired, and that means recognizing there are specific services that our women veterans require,” DeLissio said. “This resolution makes sure our women veterans will receive quality care that is tailored to their unique needs.”