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Trump signs bills extending private-sector health care program for vets

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Craig Ferguson | 20 April, 2017, 09:34

That proposal is due out by fall. "Congress now has some time to work with Shulkin on broader, more permanent choice reforms".

The Family Caregiver Program, mandated by Congress in 2010, was created to help support family members caring for seriously-wounded veterans in the post-9/11 era. In the wake of the awful scandal in care at the Phoenix VA and VA hospitals around the country, we made a promise that our veterans would never again be forced to face unacceptable wait-times for appointments, or drive unreasonable distances, to get the care they need.

"The Veterans Choice Program cuts red tape so veterans can access care more quickly", Tester said.

Veterans Choice is created to allow veterans who have waited more than 30 days for an appointment at a VA facility, or who live more than 40 miles from one, instead to get care from private providers who then bill the VA. The new initiative is timely given that VA has on several occasions been alleged of having chronically long wait times. Shulkin also has said he wants to eliminate Choice's 30-day, 40 mile restrictions, allowing the VA instead to determine when outside care is "clinically needed". Those groups generally oppose privatization as a threat to the viability of VA medical centers.

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Abad added the wounded, some of whom sustained critical injuries, were rushed to nearby hospitals. "The road is really risky". At least 40 passengers, including the dead and injured, were brought up to the side of the road, he said.

VA leaders have said a big reason Veterans Choice foundered is because Congress provided only 90 days to set it up.

"Our number one priority is getting veterans' access to care when and where they need it", said Baligh Yehia, the VA's deputy undersecretary for health for community care.

In fact, since the inception of Choice, more than seven million appointments have been scheduled with community providers for medical services ranging from diagnostic tests and physical therapy to life saving heart and cancer care. "The launch of this partnership will enable VA to provide more care for veterans in their neighborhoods". No veteran should worry they won't be able to get the care they need. "We have a long way to go to fully reform veterans' health care, but today's legislation is an important first step in that effort".

Tester is the primary sponsor of the bill that amends the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014.

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