- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are calling the closure of a Greenbelt outpatient clinic in September without a replacement plan “a step in the wrong direction.”

In a letter sent Thursday, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski tell Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald that they are concerned that no suitable replacement has been found nearby.

The lawmakers say they have been told that doctors and services will be transferred 16 miles away to Camp Springs and there is only a plan for an assessment of a replacement location. Without the clinic, which is at capacity, they say the number of exam rooms in the region drops from 16 to 13.

They say this runs counter to Congress’ message to Veterans Affairs of reducing veterans’ barriers to care.

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