President Trump signs VA Mission Act

President Trump signs bill to give veterans expanded access to private health care options

Of that, $73.1 billion would go toward health care services for veterans.

President Trump signed the VA Mission Act Wednesday afternoon, which will facilitate military veterans' access to private-sector health care, should they choose to seek medical care outside of that provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

O'Rourke also commended Trump, the chairmen and members of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and other entities responsible for the passage of the bill.

House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, has over the years quietly made veterans' care a priority - for instance, taking the lead to put state funding for two long-hoped-for nursing homes for veterans on a fast track.

Noting the current policy, Dunn pointed to his own district, which includes parts of the Big Bend, as an area where veterans would benefit from his legislation.

"With President Trump signing the VA Mission Act into law, we have delivered on another promise to our veterans", said U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla.

The official noted that the 2019 Budget funded the new, consolidated veterans' community care program and all of VA health care under the non-defense discretionary cap. "Our historic law gets rid of the government bureaucracy that has stood between Montana veterans and their health care".

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The legislation also expands a caregivers program to cover families of veterans of all eras, not just those injured in the line of duty since 2001. "We have a responsibility to provide our Veterans with the care they deserve, while also being good stewards of the taxpayer dollar", the administration said in a statement. 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. The VA MISSION Act addresses these shortcomings and will provide rural Veterans the flexibility needed to receive the care they've rightfully earned.

Of the 6,000 buildings in the VA system, 1,100 are not used at all or have little use, Roe said. "But it is not the most cost effective way to take care of our veterans".

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

Waits for a private doctor are not always shorter.

"The VA is a good place to work", he said. Under a newly expanded Choice program that will take at least a year to implement, veterans will still have to meet certain criteria before they can see a private physician, such as when a local VA facility does not offer the services required or veterans face an "unusual or excessive burden" to getting the care they need.

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