Hagedorn Champions VA, Mayo Health MISSION Act Pact to Improve Veterans’ Medical Care Access

July 27, 2020
Press Release

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today issued the following statement in support of the Mayo Clinic Health System and the Minneapolis VA Health Care System reaching an agreement for joint participation in the community care program enacted under the MISSION Act:

"This is exciting news for our veterans and their families. I appreciate the work of the dedicated individuals at the VA and Mayo Clinic to develop a reasonable solution that will improve access to high quality medical care and quality of life for veterans across Minnesota, especially in rural communities. Our military heroes deserve and have earned timely and convenient access to the finest care our nation has to offer. Mayo’s participation in the community care program represents a major step forward for our veterans."

The contract takes effect on August 1st and includes the following services: Behavioral Health, Professional Services, Dialysis, General Acute Care, Home Health, Hospice, Critical Access and Rural Health Clinic.

Rep. Hagedorn has been a long-standing and vocal advocate for veterans’ ability to choose their doctors and hospitals. Since taking office, the congressman has been in constant contact with the VA and Mayo about the importance of this initiative to the well being of southern Minnesota’s vast population of veterans. In April, Congressman Hagedorn sent a letter to Dr. Mark Upton of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs urging the Mayo Clinic and the VA to reach an agreement to secure the Clinic’s participation in the community care program. The full letter can be found here.

The MISSION Act, which was endorsed by more than 30 veteran service organizations, was signed into law by President Trump on June 6, 2018. The important changes to the VA healthcare system brought on by the legislation were enacted one year later. For additional information on the MISSION Act, click here.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.