Law lets vets seek care outside VA


"So simple and yet so complex". "Anything we can do for our vets that are coming out, it should be the most important thing for our country to look at", said Air Force veteran Patrick Bedford.

Jack Wingerter thinks the United States has always been one of the worst countries in many areas of health care, specifically citing availability for senior citizens and veterans, but he feels there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. More importantly, the veterans who will place their lives in the hands of medical providers and healthcare networks under the VA Mission Act need to see real evidence that the nation they defended truly and meaningfully thanks them for their service.

Situations covered under the VA Mission Act of 2018, which grants veterans access to private care, include situations in which the VA does not offer the care a veteran needs, the distance to a VA clinic is too far, or private care is in the best medical interest of the veteran.

The president was joined by Mike Pence, his nominee to lead the VA Robert Wilkie, and acting VA Secretary Peter O'Rourke.

The sweeping law, which was a priority for Mr. Trump, authorizes new health care programs for veterans and combines or overhauls several separate and sometimes competing private-care programs.

Limited money for the program could also hamper its effectiveness. Supporters of the change, like Haynes, say for many that will mean less travel to get their care.

Wednesday, Trump signed the VA Mission Act of 2018.

The bill quickly passed both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support last month.

"I was honored to attend this bipartisan bill signing ceremony with President Trump, Vice President Pence, and congressional leaders", said Speaker Cox via a press release. "I'm proud the House Committee on Veterans Affairs advanced Dr. Dunn's legislation to allow for the greater sharing of information between VA and state-based prescription drug monitoring programs, and I'm grateful for his continued work on this issue".

The act establishes standards for veterans to consult with the private sector for "timely and effective care".

However, the Choice Program has faced its own set of obstacles.

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".

Program participants were waiting up to 81 days to see a clinician, the report found.

The VA MISSION Act was passed by both houses of Congress earlier this year, fulfilling a key campaign promise by the President who repeatedly pledged to allow USA veterans the right to access healthcare from non-VA operated hospitals.