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VA Health Care Bill Passes Congress

Posted: 02 Jan 2015


By: Admin

VA Health Care Bill Passes Congress

On Thursday, July 31, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care legislation, a day after their House counterparts passed the same legislation. The bill, titled the “Veteran’s Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014,” provides structural improvements to the VA health care system that will improve the overall quality of care Veterans receive.


The bill, largely in response to the recent national media reports about systemic issues plaguing the VA, addresses several components of the VA health care system. Under this legislation, veterans who are unable to secure an appointment at a VA facility within a prescribed amount of time or who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility will have access to private sector health care services. The bill also allows for the VA to hire more physicians and practitioners, and the acquisition of additional facilities to meet the increasing demand. The legislation has been sent to the president and he is expected to sign it in the near future.


Additionally, Tuesday, July 29, the Senate voted 97-0 to confirm Robert McDonald as the next secretary of Veterans Affairs. McDonald, the former chief executive of Procter & Gamble and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, replaces former acting VA secretary Sloan Gibson, who temporarily headed the agency after the resignation of former secretary Eric Shinseki who resigned in May.


Read summary of VA legislation.


Read full VA legislation.


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