The vast majority of the population has no interest in health insurance and the effect our current legislation has on it. Each population is effected in different ways but the idea behind this paper is to focus in on the health care coverage that our nation’s veterans currently receive and how new forms of legislation such as the Affordable Care Act affect their access. There are many different aspects of health care coverage and it is important for the nurse to receive education so they can properly care for their patients. As a nurse in the VA system I find this extremely important because every day patient’s voice their concerns regarding their coverage. This lack of knowledge oftentimes affects their decision to seek healthcare and they find themselves hopeless. To counteract this, we as nurses can improve the knowledge of the systems and educate our veterans so they have the ability to seek proper medical attention.
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,”
(Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, 1865)
This quote by President Lincoln is now the mission statement for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The Department of Veterans affairs is responsible for providing medical care at over 1700 different facilities, providing financial assistance to veterans in need, and providing memorial and burial services (VA.gov 2016). For the purpose of this article most of the focus will be on The Veteran’s Health…