Military veterans who want to bypass the VA system and waiting lines can now go to their private care doctor for treatment, thanks to The Veterans Choice Improvement Act.
President Trump loves the military along with law enforcement, and he wears it on his sleeve. If you have watched Trump speak about the military and what they provide, it’s intoxicating, especially to me since I served for eight years.
Source: Washington Examiner
The Veterans Choice Improvement Act removes barriers that Congress placed around the original “choice” initiative and eliminates an expiration date that would have shuttered the program in August.
Lawmakers created the choice program in 2014 after a massive scandal involving wait time cover-ups at more than 100 VA facilities around the country. It was initially structured as a two-year pilot program that limited when and where veterans could choose to see private doctors. Patients could only use the choice program if they lived more than 40 miles from the nearest VA hospital or if they could not get an appointment from their local VA facility within 30 days.
The choice program has proven controversial since its inception three years ago. Critics have questioned whether increasing veterans’ reliance on private doctors might move the VA toward privatization, while proponents of such efforts have accused the VA of resisting steps to implement the program in order to protect the status quo.
Some veterans advocates, such as Concerned Veterans for America, praised the administration’s temporary push to extend choice but encouraged lawmakers to continue searching for solutions to the VA’s ongoing struggles with long wait times.
— Veterans For Trump (@Veteran4Trump) April 19, 2017
Excellent news for veterans being one myself this will help some
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