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President Trump Signs VA Mission Act, Valley Resident Present At Ceremony

President Trump signs bill to give veterans expanded access to private health care options PROMISE KEPT: Trump Signs VETERANS ACT to Expand Healthcare
Johnnie Parks | 09 June, 2018, 19:57

President Donald Trump has approved a bill that will allow veterans to seek healthcare services from the private sector if a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital fails to accommodate to their needs, the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday. "I know many other veterans around the area that are fighting right now to get their bills paid from the private sector by the VA, and it's affecting their credit", Noechel said.

The VA secretary will have wide leeway in implementing the legislation based in part on available money. "If not, it will be just another piece of paper Congress has written".

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, warned that unless the administration approves a new spending bill, lawmakers will be forced to cut $10 billion a year for five years from the existing program.

The bill was a bipartisan proposal that garnered the support of the White House and 38 veterans service organizations, he added. There was no counterpart over in the Senate which helps explain why it was rolled into the current bill. This measure is aimed at changing that by phasing out the VA choice program after one year.

However, the new law does more than stoke the "choice" question and open benefits to caregivers. AIR, or Asset Infrastructure Review, of the entire VA system is the fourth part.

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that will expand private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. "Our veterans fought for our freedoms, they shouldn't have to fight the system to receive the care they need and deserve". "Our historic law gets rid of the government bureaucracy that has stood between Montana veterans and their health care". Now only veterans who endure waits of at least 30 days - not nine days - for an appointment at a VA facility are eligible to receive care from private doctors at government expense.

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To address the issue, the Mission Act includes a prompt pay provision.

The bill quickly passed both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support last month. "It's less expensive for us, it works out much better, and it's immediate care and that's what we're doing". Caregivers will be eligible for medical care from the VA as well.

The VA Mission Act extends the VA's caregiver program to all veterans as it initially only catered to former warfighters recognized after the 9/11 incident.

Of the 6,000 buildings in the VA system, 1,100 are not used at all or have little use, Roe said.

Jack Wingerter thinks the United States has always been one of the worst countries in many areas of health care, specifically citing availability for senior citizens and veterans, but he feels there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Like private providers, it can also struggle to fill openings left by retiring doctors from the baby boomer generation.

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