VAPAA is a professional organization whose membership consists primarily of VA Physician Assistants who advocate for our profession at both the national and federal levels.
We are proud to say that the last 18 months have been some of the most productive for VAPAA and the Physician Assistants that we serve. VAPAA is working to make the lives of all Physician Assistants within the VA better and we are getting closer to achieving our goals. For example, did you know that our current antiquated pay system can only be changed by congress? For the first time in VAPAA’s history we were asked to testify in person in front of congress voicing the concerns of Physician Assistants in the VA. VAPAA board members have made numerous trips to Washington D.C. lobbying both Senators and House members regarding the inequality for Physician Assistants within the VA system regarding pay, educational debt reduction and lack of dual postings for positions. These trips have resulted in two bills being introduced into Congress.
If there is one thing that we should learn from our colleagues is the power of numbers. Unfortunately, our ability to represent our members is weakened by the fact that approximately 10% of VA PAs are members of VAPAA. It is difficult for VAPAA to fight for change when those whose support we seek (Senators and Members of Congress) believe the issues are insignificant due to the lack of members in our organization. This is why your support and the support of our colleagues is vital.
VAPAA will continue to support initiatives for competitive pay, educational funding, awareness of and the appropriate utilization of PAs within the VA in order to improve the health care outcomes for all Veterans. The more active we are as an organization, the more we can demonstrate to congress and other governing bodies that we are an united front increasing the voice of the PA profession within the VA. In order to keep our voices growing, we are asking you to consider renewing your membership and ask other PA’s that you work with to consider becoming an active member of VAPAA to help further advance the PA profession within the VA.
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