Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

President Trump Signs Bill Expanding Private Care for Veterans

President Trump signs bill to give veterans expanded access to private health care options President Trump Signs Bill Expanding Private Care for Veterans
Samantha Long | 09 June, 2018, 12:54

It will allow veterans, with the approval of a VA provider, to see private doctors when they do not receive treatment they expected.

The bill says, among other things, that the Veterans Administration is required to coordinate veterans' care and to allow access to private care if the VA itself can't provide what a veteran requires.The legislation also provides $5.2 billion in new funding to prevent interruption of access to needed care for Veterans.

Supporters of a separate spending measure said otherwise the VA Mission Act will blow a $10 billion hole in the budget, forcing cuts to other VA programs to make up the difference.

"I compared it to putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound", said Burch. "As I've seen firsthand with my own health-care from the VA, there are many great doctors who go above and beyond for our veterans, but it's also clear that there are many areas where the VA needs to seriously step up its level of service".

The caregiver portion of the legislation will expand an existing program for those who take care of disabled veterans from post-9/11 conflicts.

The bill was a bipartisan proposal that garnered the support of the White House and 38 veterans service organizations, he added.

Dunn's bill would direct the VA secretary to connect VA doctors and health care providers to a national network of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) which track prescribing data for patients prescribed drugs like oxycodone, morphine and hydrocodone to relieve pain.

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THE FACTS: The care provided under the Choice private-sector program is not as immediate as Trump suggests, nor does it always work out much better.

The VA spending fight could come to a head as soon as this week, as lawmakers prepare to take up a military construction and VA appropriations bill that the bipartisan group of chairmen want to use to fund the VA Mission Act's program.

A Government Accountability Office report released this week found that despite the Choice program's guarantee of providing an appointment within 30 days, veterans waited an average of 51 to 64 days; the process took as long as 70 days. Supporters of the change, like Haynes, say for many that will mean less travel to get their care.

At a White House ceremony on Wednesday, Trump signaled out U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., who joined the House Veterans Affairs Committee last month.

"It's getting better and better", 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. "That's what the White House and Congress have to reconcile themselves to, demand going up overall and costing more".

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