Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Rooney, Diaz-Balart: Successfully Keep VA Clinics Open

Jul 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) have successfully fought to keep two rural Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics in their Florida districts open. Both facilities are located in rural counties designated by the Department of Health and Human Services as “areas of critical need” given the shortage of both primary and mental health care providers.

Last month, it was announced that the VA would be closing the Clewiston and Moore Haven Rural Health Clinics. In response, Rooney and Diaz-Balart immediately wrote to VA Secretary Shulkin, strongly urging him not to close these facilities and disrupt the care of the veterans that attend them. In his July 25, 2017 response letter, Shulkin informed the Congressmen that after a reevaluation the clinics would remain open and continue to serve the near 300 veterans who receive care at the clinics. 

“Our men and women who selflessly put their lives on the line have a hard enough time receiving care as it is without the VA closing the clinics that are closest to their homes” Rooney said. “By keeping these clinics open the VA is showing their commitment to our veterans and ensuring they receive the best and most convenient care.”

"I appreciate Secretary Shulkin's willingness to work with us on this issue,” Diaz-Balart said. “Our veterans courageously served our country and now we must make sure our country serves them by providing veterans with the quality care they deserve. I look forward to working with Congressman Rooney and Secretary Shulkin to ensure we continue our commitment to Florida's veterans."