Trump signs bill to expand private care for veterans

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

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

This week President Donald Trump signed the VA Mission Act into law.

The legislation will give veterans access to private care when they have endured lengthy wait times or the treatment was not what they had expected. "If not, it will be just another piece of paper Congress has written". However, the White House and the Republican congressional leadership both support securing funding for the VA expansion.

The bill has five component parts, Roe explained.

"I think the move towards privatization of VA health services would mean.less substantial care for veterans", said Corey Lanham, the Mid Atlantic collective bargaining director for the National Nurses United union.

- Expanding caregiver benefits to veterans of all eras. The fifth element outlines provisions to encourage physicians and other medical professionals to join the VA system through financial incentives. Access to health care will be greatly expanded thanks to a bipartisan bill signed by President Trump.

The official added that the White House strongly supports creating a new, consolidated community care program for veterans' health care. "By increasing transparency in opioid prescribing, we can identify abuse patterns and ensure our veterans are getting the best possible care". VA administrators will also have new authority to provide walk-in care for veterans and eliminate administrative burdens for veterans seeking immediate healthcare services.

"Many, many veterans and their families as a result of this bill will certainly live a much, much better life", said Haynes. Caregivers will be eligible for medical care from the VA as well.

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

But traditional veterans groups, which oppose what they are suspicious is a White House strategy to privatize VA, were adamant Tuesday that if the spending caps aren't raised, the agency could be forced to take money from other valuable veterans' benefits to ensure that veterans have access to health care. There is no reliable estimate and little research to determine how much taxpayers pay for a private medical appointment versus one inside VA's system of 1,300 clinics and hospitals. Now, medical procedures are more precise and are often done on an outpatient basis. "Veterans are now empowered to have more control over their health care and more quality choices within their own communities".

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

Waits for a private doctor are not always shorter.

"The VA is a good place to work", he said.

The legislation was co-authored by Louisiana Sen. "But we stood back up, dusted ourselves off and went back to work".

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