Trump signs VA Missions Act; Jack Bergman expresses support

Trump signs VA reform bill without Democratic co-author

Trump signs VA reform bill without Democratic co-author

The bill will streamline the Veterans Choice Program and VA community care programs to ensure that veterans are able to gain access to proper healthcare when and where they need it, as well when the VA is unable to provide it.

"I compared it to putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound", said Burch. This law gives veterans, who previously could only get care from VA facilities, the opportunity to now see doctors in the private sector. Previously, comprehensive caregiver assistance and benefits were provided only to veterans injured on or after September 11, 2001, leaving family caregivers and veterans injured during World War II, the Korean, Vietnam and 1990-1991 Gulf War ineligible for this critical support.

An administration official told the Washington Free Beacon the White House is committed to funding health care for current and future heroes and said the expansion can be paid for under existing spending caps.

The bill was a bipartisan proposal that garnered the support of the White House and 38 veterans service organizations, he added. He warned that failing to provide new funding "would jeopardize the health care and well-being of our veterans".

THE FACTS: The care provided under the Choice private-sector program is not as immediate as Trump suggests, nor does it always work out much better.

Whether the VA Mission Act will be a panacea for all that ails the VA remains to be seen.

The Mission Act revamps a private-care program Congress approved in 2014 after a scandal over fudged patient wait lists for medical appointments. Many local veterans say it's about time. "By increasing transparency in opioid prescribing, we can identify abuse patterns and ensure our veterans are getting the best possible care".

At a White House ceremony on Wednesday, Trump signaled out U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., who joined the House Veterans Affairs Committee last month. "I will continue to work to provide veterans with the quality, efficient and timely services they need and have earned".

The MISSION Act, aimed to alleviate those and many other VA care access issues, first passed the House and then the Senate in May. There is no reliable estimate and little research to determine how much taxpayers pay for a private medical appointment versus one inside VA's system of 1,300 clinics and hospitals.

It's expected to take another year before a new single program is up and running.

The legislation would create a presidentially appointed commission to review the closure of underperforming VA facilities. "That's what the White House and Congress have to reconcile themselves to, demand going up overall and costing more".