President Trump on Wednesday signed the VA Missions Act of 2018 after the U.S. Senate passed the legislation last week by a vote of 92 to 5. "Creditors are calling them, they want their money". The Choice Program aimed to connect veterans with healthcare when those veterans face wait times longer than 30 days, extraordinary travel distances, or limited care options at their VA medical centers.
He said for veterans who have been standing "in line for weeks and weeks" seeking care at VA, "now they can go see a doctor".
THE FACTS: The care provided under the Choice private-sector program is not as immediate as Trump suggests, nor does it always work out much better. I thank President Trump and House VA Committee Chairman Phil Roe for their dedication to our veterans.
"I think this will make it an easier process", said Quincy native Jack Wingerter, 66, a 27-year Navy veteran who now lives in Belleville.
"It's getting better and better", he said.
The results of an inspection by the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General were released a day before President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the VA system. The new, bipartisan measure consolidates numerous private-care programs that were fragmented and inefficient and drew support from disparate veterans groups that often disagree.
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The caregiver portion of the legislation will expand an existing program for those who take care of disabled veterans from post-9/11 conflicts. The government will have to pay interest if its bill is not paid in an allotted time period, the congressman said.
Cox added, "Virginia is one of the most veteran-friendly states in the nation and we've worked hard to provide our veterans with access to education, job training and placement services, and healthcare when they've returned home".
"When the agency agrees to fund new programs as it has done here, there is potential for far more veterans to use the system, whether it's inside VA or outside", Carter said. This law gives veterans, who previously could only get care from VA facilities, the opportunity to now see doctors in the private sector. There is no reliable estimate and little research to determine how much taxpayers pay for a private medical appointment versus one inside VA's system of 1,300 clinics and hospitals.
Many veterans have moved from the Northeast to other parts of the country.
Using President Barack Obama's Commission on Care as a model, a committee will be created with representatives from the House, Senate, medical experts and veterans organizations to direct the review and help the VA streamline, he added.