Trump signs bill expanding veterans health options

Leslie Hanson
June 9, 2018

This week President Donald Trump signed the VA Mission Act into law.

"Without subjecting the program to any budgetary constraint, there is no incentive to continue to serve veterans with innovative, streamlined and efficient quality of care", the administration says in the memo, which was obtained by The Washington Post. VA administrators will also have new authority to provide walk-in care for veterans and eliminate administrative burdens for veterans seeking immediate healthcare services. Access to health care will be greatly expanded thanks to a bipartisan bill signed by President Trump.

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. Bill Cassidy, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. The law calls for billions for new programs to provide private care, but does not outline how they will be funded.

Additionally, the VA Mission Act aims to ensure that veterans have access to care from non-VA providers, including coverage of urgent care.

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

Recent legislation created to improve Veterans Affairs services has the potential to transform the system, according to Congressman Phil Roe.

Cox has introduced over 120 pieces of legislation for the military, veterans, and their families during his time in the House.

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.

Bergman sits on the VA Committee and Chairs the VA Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Dunn's VICTOR Act gives veterans who need organ transplants more choices in their medical care. VA has said its medical facilities are "often 40 percent better in terms of wait times" compared with the private sector.

"Some degree of community care is necessary, because no one should have to wait three months or drive 200 miles to get a flu shot", said John Hoellwarth, communications director for AMVETS.

It's expected to take another year before a new single program is up and running. This ambitious legislation will also set new standards in how providers are paid, provide continuing medical education for non-VA medical professionals, improve opioid prescribing practices, and sanction a VA asset and infrastructure review that will force legislators to contemplate the closure of costly, underused facilities in their districts. Specifically it provided $5.2 billion in mandatory funding for the veterans choice program as the previous funding expired.

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