Trump signs bill to expand private care for veterans

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that will expand private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that will expand private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system

"And that's what we're doing". The new law, once implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will give military veterans in need of healthcare greater autonomy in the pursuit it.

President Donald Trump is setting up veterans for likely disappointment as he tells them they have freedom to get quick medical care from private doctors when they're unhappy with government-run health care.

TRUMP, on expanding the Choice program: "This has been for years; for 30, 40 years, they've been trying to get this done, and they haven't been able to". Additionally, it gets rid of some administrative properties tied to the referral process, ideally reducing the time patients must wait between VA referral and connecting with a third-party clinician.

The president was joined by Mike Pence, his nominee to lead the VA Robert Wilkie, and acting VA Secretary Peter O'Rourke. He warned that failing to provide new funding "would jeopardize the health care and well-being of our veterans". "Anything we can do for our vets that are coming out, it should be the most important thing for our country to look at", said Air Force veteran Patrick Bedford. "We have a responsibility to provide our Veterans with the care they deserve, while also being good stewards of the taxpayer dollar", the administration said in a statement. "So simple and yet so complex", he said.

The law also streamlines the VA's multiple community health programs into one.

Noting the current policy, Dunn pointed to his own district, which includes parts of the Big Bend, as an area where veterans would benefit from his legislation.

"We do our veterans no favors by promising care without backing it up with resources", said Sen.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, Alabama Republican, is leading the group that seeks a separate spending stream to fund the VA Mission Act.

"On behalf of Paralyzed Veterans of America members-veterans with spinal cord injury or disease-their families, and caregivers, we wish to express our gratitude to President Trump for signing this bipartisan legislation into law".

That spurred the Choice Act, which gave veterans access to VA-certified health care providers outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Many veterans have moved from the Northeast to other parts of the country.

The $51 billion measure builds on legislation passed in 2014 in response to a scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where some veterans died while waiting months for appointments.

In addition, VA will increase information sharing with community providers and provide non-network providers with educational support to treat the unique healthcare needs of veteran patients.

However, the Choice Program has faced its own set of obstacles.

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