One of the centerpieces of Trump’s presidential campaign was his promise to make life better for our veterans. They certainly deserve better than they’ve been getting for years.
Now Trump has signed a bill which will allow vets to seek care outside the VA if they need to.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Trump signs bill allowing veterans to seek care outside broken VA system
President Trump signed legislation Wednesday that will dramatically expand a program at the Department of Veterans Affairs that lets patients seek care from private doctors if they want to bypass the troubled VA system.
The Veterans Choice Improvement Act removes barriers that Congress placed around the original “choice” initiative and eliminates an expiration date that would have shuttered the program in August.
Lawmakers created the choice program in 2014 after a massive scandal involving wait time cover-ups at more than 100 VA facilities around the country. It was initially structured as a two-year pilot program that limited when and where veterans could choose to see private doctors. Patients could only use the choice program if they lived more than 40 miles from the nearest VA hospital or if they could not get an appointment from their local VA facility within 30 days.
This was an important promise for Trump to keep.
Our veterans deserve the best!