President Trump signs bill expanding private care for veterans

09 June, 2018, 19:56 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
  • President Trump signs bill to give veterans expanded access to private health care options

"It will give those of us who are veterans, and especially the newer veterans coming back, the care that they need", said Lewis.

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Wednesday that will give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the troubled Veterans Affairs system, a major shift aimed at reducing wait times and improving care by steering more patients to the private sector.

One is the community care aspect; another is $2.5 billion to provide funding for services as the legislation is implemented.

"I compared it to putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound", said Burch. It empowers veterans and provides veterans with decision-making power to get care that works for them, on their schedules, near their homes, and I'm proud to have my provisions included in the legislation.

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As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans of America also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities.

The legislation's biggest costs, though, will come in new doctor's appointments outside the VA system, which now sends roughly a third of veterans to private doctors.

Waits for a private doctor are not always shorter. "Veterans are now empowered to have more control over their health care and more quality choices within their own communities".

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"We're allowing our veterans to get access to the best medical care available, whether it's at the VA or at a private provider", Trump said at Wednesday's signing ceremony.

He added, "You shouldn't have to ask Congress every year for money to take care of veterans". However, the White House and the Republican congressional leadership both support securing funding for the VA expansion. Without passage of the veterans funding bill soon, lawmakers and veterans groups warn that Veterans Affairs will be forced to make hard trade-offs about which programs should be funded.

The new law makes it easier for veterans to get treatment covered outside of VA centers. It was nearly impossible to do. We'll do it immediately now. The VA last month signed a $10 billion contract with Cerner Corp., the same company that is overhauling the Pentagon's electronic health records.

The contract, one of the largest in VA's history, has also drawn concern from lawmakers that it could be plagued with problems and ultimately prove ineffective. The report cited, in part, inaccurate data and a confusing layout of the records.

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"It's better than having somebody come along and say, 'Yeah, you did a good job, but we're not going to take care of you, '" Bedford said of the VA Mission Act.

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