VA run­ning out of money for pri­vate health care pro­gram

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Weather -

WASH­ING­TON » Weeks af­ter a vet­er­ans’ health ini­tia­tive re­ceived $2.1bil­lion in emer­gency funds, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion says the pri­vate-sec­tor Vet­er­ans Choice health care pro­gram may need ad­di­tional money as early as De­cem­ber to avoid a dis­rup­tion of care for hun­dreds of thou­sands of vet­er­ans.

The Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs said in a state­ment that it hoped to move quickly on a pro­posed longterm leg­isla­tive fix to give vet­er­ans wider ac­cess to pri­vate doc­tors. The pro­posal, un­der re­view by the White House Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get, would seek money to keep Choice run­ning for much of next year as the VA im­ple­ments wider changes.

The House Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Com­mit­tee an­tic­i­pated that emer­gency fund­ing ap­proved in Au­gust may not last the full six months, ac­cord­ing to spokes­peo­ple for both Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic panel mem­bers. They cited the VA’s past prob­lems in es­ti­mat­ing Choice pro­gram cost.

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