Sending Office: Honorable Mike Bost
Become a Cosponsor of the VA COST SAVINGS Enhancement Act
Cosponsors: Crist, Davis
We invite you to become an original cosponsor of the VA COST SAVINGS Enhancement Act. Last Congress, this bipartisan legislation passed the House under suspension as H.R. 5974.
In 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported to Congress that on-site medical waste treatment at individual VA facilities may cost half as much as sending waste off-site to treatment locations. However, despite the efficacy of such a program,
little implementation has ever been initiated.
Current waste treatment technologies have demonstrated to be safer, more efficient, more cost-effective, and more environmentally friendly compared to previous technologies. In addition, onsite disposal reduces hazards associated with storing waste on-site
and transporting it through communities to regional disposal centers. Implementing this technology will align the VA with CDC best practices for infection control, and VA hospitals will no longer truck millions of pounds of hazardous waste on our roads.
The VA COST SAVINGS Enhancement Act, would require the VA to install on-site medical waste treatment systems in VA facilities where it is determined this will result in a cost-savings within 5 years. System-wide, this will save the VA tens of millions
of dollars each year and improve care for our veterans. On-site sterilization machines (autoclaves) are steam sterilizers that use temperature and pressure to compact waste and destroy all microbial life, rendering a completely safe byproduct that can be disposed
of as normal waste. This technology is vetted by the EPA, and onsite sterilization is considered a best practice by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).
Mike Bost Josh Harder
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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