The U.S. House passed the VA Mission Act of 2018 on May 16, and President Trump hopes the bill reaches his desk by Memorial Day. The bill’s next stop: the Senate.
The new legislation would provide another year of funding for the Veterans Choice Program, an initiative that allows vets to receive healthcare services from community providers when treatment at a VA hospital isn’t the best option. The bill would then create a modernized system to supplement VA healthcare options.
The VCP could run out of funding as early as May 31. However, the program will continue until funding is exhausted.
This new legislation was co-sponsored by 21 congressional leaders in the House, including Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.
As a veteran and an elected official representing 80,000 veterans, McSally said consolidating the VA’s community care healthcare options is about serving U.S. soldiers.
“It’s hard enough to fight the diagnosis, or disease, so the last thing a veteran needs to battle is bureaucracy for health services,” McSally said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Although the legislative process is frustrating, streamlining this cumbersome process is long overdue, she said. “It’s common sense, and I’m glad we are getting it done,” McSally said.
Read the entire Green Valley News article here. Originally published on May 23, 2018.