Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets

Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets

Governor Rick Scott will join President Trump for a bill signing of the Veteran's Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act at 11:30 a.m.at the White House.

It's an amendment to a law enacted three years ago.

The president said he will hold a press conference next week to address further plans on veterans' issues.

Mr. Shulkin has called on Congress to approve a more permanent solution to veterans' health care. The new law allows the VA to operate its Choice program until its funding runs out, expected early next year.

Scott and Sutphin then met privately with VA Secretary David Shulkin after the ceremony. He said Wednesday that the plan is due in the fall.

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"This is a great day to celebrate not only what veterans have contributed to the country, but how we're making things better for them", says Shulkin.

The Family Caregiver Program, mandated by Congress in 2010, was created to help support family members caring for seriously-wounded veterans in the post-9/11 era. "We look forward to supporting legislation that will let veterans go outside the VA for care when they want or need to".

The extension of the bill passed by Congress authorized the sharing of medical records to hospitals outside the VA and modifies the procedures for reimbursement for private hospitals. But bureaucratic problems have prevented many veterans from using the program.

"That's why I'm pleased today to sign into law the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act", Trump said, which " will extend and improve the Veterans Choice Program so that more veterans can see the doctor of their choice". He said those appointments would have otherwise "lagged" in the VA scheduling system. No veteran should worry they won't be able to get the care they need. "The launch of this partnership will enable VA to provide more care for veterans in their neighborhoods".

Extending the Veterans Choice Program helps to ensure the roughly 1.5 million veterans who benefit from Choice will continue to have an option to access quality health care closer to home from the 350,000 participating community providers.

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