Today, legislation was passed that would require more training and education for workers at the Tomah VA. The Jason Simcakoski Promise Act, named after a man who died of mixed drug toxicity while at the Tomah VA, was introduced by Congressman Ron Kind.
“It’s an important piece of legislation that’s going to improve the quality of care that our veterans earn and deserve, and this comes directly out of the investigations that have taken place recently in Tomah in regards to pain management and the opiate issue.”
Kind says it will require the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to update pain management guidelines and examine alternative treatments, among other provisions.
It now heads to the senate.