Sending Office: Honorable Mike Bost
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Become a Cosponsor of the VA COST SAVINGS Enhancement Act


Cosponsors: Crist, Davis, Meadows, Hartzler, Watkins, Cunningham, Gallagher, Peterson

Dear Colleague:

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).

For more information, or to become a cosponsor, please contact Noah Barger in Rep. Bost’s office at or Adela Amador in Rep. Harder’s office at  




Mike Bost                                                                   Josh Harder

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Budget, HealthCare, Veterans

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 1962
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