Friday, 17 November, 2017

Trump Extends Troubled VA Program That Pays Private Doctors

Trump to sign bill extending veterans' health care program North Country Congresswoman Stefanik applauds decision to review VA Caregiver Program
Howard Terry | 20 April, 2017, 00:05

Scott will be at the White House at 11:30 a.m. for a bill signing: the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act.

The $10 billion Choice program allows USA armed forces members to seek covered medical care at non-VA hospitals and clinics if they are on a waiting list beyond 30 days and live at least 40 miles from the nearest VA facility.

The program, meant to clear the back log of VA patients waiting for care, was set to expire in August.

The Veterans Choice Program was enacted in 2014 in response to the wait-times scandals at the Phoenix VA. He gave a special notice to "my good friend, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Navy veteran who is here with us to represent more than a million veterans from the state of Florida". The law also authorizes "the sharing of certain veterans' medical records with medical service providers outside the Department of Veterans Affairs". In the wake of the bad scandal in care at the Phoenix VA and VA hospitals around the country, we made a promise that our veterans would never again be forced to face unacceptable wait-times for appointments, or drive unreasonable distances, to get the care they need. Last Congress, I was pleased to have my legislation - the Support Our Military Caregivers Act - pass the House of Representatives and I urge Secretary Shulkin to support this bill as we seek to have it passed and signed into law.

Mark Lucas, executive director of Concerned Veterans for America, commended Trump for upholding a campaign promise to make veterans a priority, but said more needed to be done.

"Congress now has some time to work with Secretary Shulkin on broader, more permanent choice reforms that will truly put the veteran at the center of their health care and remove VA bureaucrats as the middlemen", Lucas said. "We have a long way to go to fully reform veterans' health care, but today's legislation is an important first step in that effort".

"Without a detailed schedule, VA risks not having new systems aligned with potential changes in the appeals process when they are implemented", the GAO said. At the same time, he wants the VA to work in partnership by handling all the scheduling and "customer service", something that congressional auditors say could be unwieldy and expensive.

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