Trump Signs Bill To Fund Veterans Medical Care Program

Sen Dean Heller official portrait

Sen Dean Heller official portrait

President Donald Trump signed the Veterans Affair Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 on Saturday, which is created to get veterans treated quicker and with the doctors they want.

"We're getting candidates that are of the highest quality into the VA system now", Trump said Saturday. In all, it allocated $3.9 billion in spending.

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The bill addresses a budget shortfall at the Department of Veteran Affairs that threatened medical care for thousands of veterans. David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinFailure to properly fund VA is a betrayal of veterans MORE is "a star". The bill provides $2.1 billion to continue funding the Veterans Choice Program, a program that gives veterans the opportunity to seek private care. The proposals came in the wake of the VA healthcare scandal under the Obama administration, where several hospitals across the country, most notably in Phoenix, were papering over months-long wait times for veterans seeking care. "From chemotherapy to life-saving surgeries, this critical program allows Nevada's veterans to receive medical services that the VA can not provide and for veterans in rural areas to seek care closer to home". In several instances, veterans died before they were able to receive medical treatment at the facilities.

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