President Trump signs VA Mission Act

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President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that will expand private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system.

"On the anniversary of D-Day, we're reminded of the sacrifices of our courageous veterans and that we owe our service members a debt that can never be repaid".

A sweeping reform of the VA system, that creates new care coordination and health IT improvements, could address some of the problems that have historically plagued the VA and veterans' access to benefits.

"We owe all of our veterans - and the families who support them - our gratitude, our respect and the highest-quality healthcare", Brown said. A group of powerful Senate committee chairmen aims to remedy that by amending a separate measure to pay for the new $50 billion law, saying that adding the funds is the best way to ensure the new programs give veterans access to medical care.

"If the VA can't meet the needs of a veteran in a timely manner, that veteran will have the right to go right outside to a private doctor".

House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, has over the years quietly made veterans' care a priority - for instance, taking the lead to put state funding for two long-hoped-for nursing homes for veterans on a fast track.

"It's getting better and better", he said.

Dunn's VICTOR Act gives veterans who need organ transplants more choices in their medical care.

The VA system structure is now based on the way medical services were provided from the 1960s to the 1980s, he said.

Many veterans have moved from the Northeast to other parts of the country.

Congress approved the CHOICE act as an emergency measure to begin the process of improving the services to veterans, including allowing veterans to use medical providers outside of the VA. Veterans have been able to use providers outside the VA since World War II, but the act provided an additional avenue for these services, Roe said, adding that 38 percent of health care services provided through veterans' benefits are outside the VA system.

President Donald Trump speaks before signing the "VA Mission Act of 2018" during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

CNN reports critics of the legislation have argued that the changes are a major step toward privatizing VA's health care system, and that shifting billions of dollars outside VA and into the private sector could effectively bleed the department dry.

The VA Mission Act extends the VA's caregiver program to all veterans as it initially only catered to former warfighters recognized after the 9/11 incident.

The new law makes it easier for veterans to get treatment covered outside of VA centers.