New law could aid veterans' health care

New law could aid veterans' health care

New law could aid veterans' health care

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

The new health care measure allows veterans to receive care from private doctors and hospitals, when they do not receive the treatment they expected from the VA.

Major veterans groups have cautioned against "cannibalizing" VA programs to pay for Choice, saying more funding is needed.

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

The legislation secures $52 billion to improve the Department of Veteran Affairs by expanding comprehensive assistance for family caregivers, merging community care programs and even hiring additional health care professionals.

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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.

Dunn's VICTOR Act gives veterans who need organ transplants more choices in their medical care.

Whether the VA Mission Act will be a panacea for all that ails the VA remains to be seen.

"I'm seeing a lot of progress with health care, more positive news about health care for all Americans", Jim Wingerter said.

The Mission Act revamps a private-care program Congress approved in 2014 after a scandal over fudged patient wait lists for medical appointments. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the increase at 640,000 veterans each year, particularly with new authorization for VA to negotiate a contract for care at private walk-in clinics.

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"It's getting better and better", he said. "But it is not the most cost effective way to take care of our veterans".

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.

The legislation would create a presidentially appointed commission to review the closure of underperforming VA facilities.

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.

The VA system structure is now based on the way medical services were provided from the 1960s to the 1980s, he said. Previously, she worked at the Associated Press for more than 17 years, starting in the Los Angeles bureau and going on to cover the White House and Congress.

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