Trump signs law to expand veterans' private health care options

President Trump signs bill to give veterans expanded access to private health care options

President Trump signs bill to give veterans expanded access to private health care options

"It's less expensive for us, it works out much better, and it's immediate care", he said.

As part of the bill, the VA is required to establish and monitor the care veterans will receive in the private sector.

"I think the move towards privatization of VA health services would mean.less substantial care for veterans", said Corey Lanham, the Mid Atlantic collective bargaining director for the National Nurses United union.

"I compared it to putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound", said Burch.

"If they're waiting on line for nine days, and they can't see a doctor, why aren't they going outside to see a doctor and take care of themselves and we pay the bill?" The White House is insisting that added costs of the newly expanded private care program be paid for by cutting spending elsewhere at the VA, something that major veterans groups generally oppose.

The White House is pressuring Republican lawmakers not to support the new spending that they say will bust spending caps and rack up more debt. He warned that failing to provide new funding "would jeopardize the health care and well-being of our veterans".

"So it's now my great honor to sign the great VA Mission Act, or as we all know it, the Choice Act". Supporters of the change, like Haynes, say for many that will mean less travel to get their care.

The Mission Act revamps a private-care program Congress approved in 2014 after a scandal over fudged patient wait lists for medical appointments. A 2017 Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation found that the Choice Program still yielded long wait times for patients, partly because of the complex process by which patients must be referred to non-VA providers. "The decision of where you get your care will be, as it should be, between you, your doctor and the VA", he said.

"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", according to the memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The VA Mission Act of 2018 will spend more than $50 billion to help expand veterans' options when it comes to getting the medical care they need. 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. That overhaul will take at least 10 years to be complete. At The Washington Post, she has written about the federal workforce, state politics and government in Annapolis, Md., and in Richmond; local government in Fairfax County, Va. and the redevelopment of Washington and its neighborhoods.

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