Shea-Porter Applauds Emergency Exemption to Allow VA Care at Manchester’s Catholic Medical Center
MANCHESTER, NH – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today spoke in support of Governor Sununu’s emergency exemption from state licensing requirements for federally-licensed Manchester VA physicians, which will allow them to perform medical services at Catholic Medical Center.
“The VA’s partnership with Catholic Medical Center is an important interim step toward ensuring that New Hampshire veterans can get needed care without having to leave the state. It also helps address the VA’s pressing need for space after facilities were damaged by last month’s flood. I thank Governor Sununu, VA officials, and CMC leadership for working together to accomplish this necessary step with the urgency our veterans expect and deserve,” said Shea-Porter.
Under its agreement, the VA will use its budget to pay for facility fees at CMC, allowing VA providers to provide care to veterans at CMC facilities. In order to practice at any VA facility, a VA provider needs to have an unrestricted state license from any U.S. state. However, this means that many Manchester VAMC providers do not have the New Hampshire state licenses needed to practice at private facilities in New Hampshire, such as CMC. Today’s order provides an emergency exemption to these licensure requirements, allowing VA providers to practice at CMC.