Veterans Affairs Physicians Assistant Association


Senator Tester sent a letter to VAPAA (Veteran Affairs Physician Assistant Associationto be read at our meeting on Oct 6th, 2015.   On Feb 16thhis office introduced the “Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act (S.426).
Below are links to read Senator Tester's letter, Grow Our Own Directive (GOOD) Bill #S.426, one-pager that explains the new legislation and the letter of support that was sent by VAPAA.  
The highlights of the bill;
  • Establishes a Five-Year GOOD Pilot Program
  • Prioritizes PAs In The VA’s Educational Assistance Programs
  • Enhances The VA’s Ability To Recruit and Retain PA’s (the legislation establishes pay grades and requires competitive pay for PAs employed at the VA).

We are working with AAPA on supporting bill S. 426, we are directing PAs to a legislative alert on the bill that is located on the AAPA Legislative Action Center at

Please feel free to direct any and all PAs to the site. It is an easy way to send a request to their Senators to cosponsor the legislation.

Please remember to use your HOME/PERSONAL email.

Time is of the essence so please don’t delay, it will take less than 5 minutes.

Rubina DaSilva PA-C
President VAPAA

320 Thames St, PO Box 355
Newport, RI 02840

VAPAA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. 

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