Republican Senator Wants More Veteran Psychiatric Facilities, but Health Leaders Balk

SB 1054 would allow new hospitals for veteran services to bypass the rigorous state regulatory process, but mental health advocates argue that without proper safeguards limiting it to veterans in crisis, the waiver could allow a for-profit hospital chain to disrupt the mental health system and poach the civilian patients with private health insurance, leaving those on Medicaid worse off.

McMinnville Republican Sen. Brian Boquist wants Oregon to cut the red tape and allow for the construction of for-profit, private hospitals dedicated to veterans’ psychiatric services, but he faces opposition from an unlikely quarter — leading mental health advocates.

Source: Republican Senator Wants More Veteran Psychiatric Facilities, but Health Leaders Balk | The Lund Report