HOUSE PASSES VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT ACT - April 6, 2017
Congress Votes to Extend Troubled VA Private Care Program
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The House on Wednesday passed a measure to extend a struggling program to provide more veterans access to private care on the government’s dime, which will now head to President Trump for his signature.
The Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act, which the Senate approved earlier this week, would attempt to remove some of the impediments that have inhibited a larger number of veterans from enrolling in the program while also preventing it from sunsetting in August. Congress created the choice program in 2014 to alleviate the long waitlists patients faced when trying to receive care from Veterans Affairs Department facilities.