CONCORD, N.H. — The U.S. House has passed a bill co-authored by New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster to address a medical staff shortage for veterans.

The bill would establish a pilot program that awards educational assistance to veterans with medical military training who will be placed as physician assistants in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

A 2017 GAO report presented before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee stated that physician assistants experienced the highest rates of turnover of all medical occupations with shortages.

Kuster, a Democrat, worked on the bill with Rep. Jack Bergman, a Republican from Michigan.