Trump signs bill to expand private care at troubled VA

President Donald Trump at a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville Tenn

"Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018", or VA Mission Act of 2018, was signed into law by President Donald Trump on June 6. That's when a TV news investigation found that veterans were waiting so long for care that in some cases they were dying before they ever were seen by a doctor.

The VA secretary will have wide leeway in implementing the legislation based in part on available money. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee; and Sen.

The bill was a bipartisan proposal that garnered the support of the White House and 38 veterans service organizations, he added. We would also like to thank Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for her persistent advocacy for the caregivers of our nation's veterans. The fifth element outlines provisions to encourage physicians and other medical professionals to join the VA system through financial incentives.

The sweeping law, which was a priority for Mr. Trump, authorizes new health care programs for veterans and combines or overhauls several separate and sometimes competing private-care programs.

The official added that the White House strongly supports creating a new, consolidated community care program for veterans' health care.

"All during the campaign I'd go out and say, 'Why can't they just go see a doctor instead of standing in line for weeks and weeks and weeks?' Now they can go see a doctor", he said.

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"Our position is that we should pay for this under the existing spending cap, as the House MilCon/VA bill does, rather than increasing spending by raising the cap", said a GOP leadership aide.

Situations covered under the VA Mission Act of 2018, which grants veterans access to private care, include situations in which the VA does not offer the care a veteran needs, the distance to a VA clinic is too far, or private care is in the best medical interest of the veteran. The career bureaucrats and 370,000+ VA employees who will be charged with carrying out those new regulations in their day-to-day work need to believe a new day has, in fact, arrived.

"It's something that has been sorely needed for many many many years", said retired Major John Haynes.

The goal of AIR is to help the VA become more nimble and better able to provide care for veterans, the congressman said. Currently, more than 30 percent of VA appointments are in the private sector. Now, medical procedures are more precise and are often done on an outpatient basis. "Our historic law gets rid of the government bureaucracy that has stood between Montana veterans and their health care". Roe cited an example of a large VA campus in Pittsburgh that serves few people but costs $3 million to keep open.

Bergman sits on the VA Committee and Chairs the VA Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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