Trump signs bill to expand private care at troubled VA

President Donald Trump shows off the

President Donald Trump shows off the"VA Mission Act during a signing ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House Wednesday

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Wednesday that will give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the troubled Veterans Affairs system, a major shift aimed at reducing wait times and improving care by steering more patients to the private sector. Among other features, it will also provide support and benefits to the caregivers of severely disabled veterans who served before 9/11, thus extending to them the same long overdue benefits that their Post-9/11 counterparts receive. On some issues, most prominently last year's $1.5 trillion tax bill or immigration measures such as the border wall, Trump has signed off on legislation projected to massively increase the federal deficit.

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.

The act establishes standards for veterans to consult with the private sector for "timely and effective care". Access to health care will be greatly expanded thanks to a bipartisan bill signed by President Trump.

The Mission Act was rooted in Congressional efforts to improve veterans' services prompted more than four years ago when a whistleblower revealed a common practice of falsely reporting dates to make it appear as if services were provided in a much shorter period than what actually occurred, Roe recalled. "By increasing transparency in opioid prescribing, we can identify abuse patterns and ensure our veterans are getting the best possible care". "As I've seen firsthand with my own health-care from the VA, there are many great doctors who go above and beyond for our veterans, but it's also clear that there are many areas where the VA needs to seriously step up its level of service".

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

Pointing to faulty data, government investigators said the VA "cannot determine whether the Choice program has helped to achieve the goal of alleviating veterans' wait times for care".

The VA secretary will have wide leeway in implementing the legislation based in part on available money.

The Community Care Program, which was created by the Mission Act, accounts for $14.2 billion of the president's VA budget.

As the term for that act neared its end, the Veterans Affair Committee began work on taking the improvement process further.

The bill's passage into law is a part of Congress' efforts to do right by the nation's veterans, according to Isakson, the Senate bill sponsor. Supporters of the change, like Haynes, say for many that will mean less travel to get their care.

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