President Trump Signs VA Mission Act, Valley Resident Present At Ceremony

President Donald Trump at a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville Tenn

"The Mission Act signed by the president today was very important piece of legislation that will improve services and conditions for all veterans".

President Donald Trump signed the VA Mission Act of 2018 which is created to expand healthcare access for veterans. Some fear that allowing veterans this "unfettered" choice will open the door to a purposeful and preconceived divestment effort that runs along ideological fault lines and will erode VA's capacity to provide care as veterans increasingly opt for non-VA care.

The Act will provide $5.2 billion to extend the Veterans Choice Program for one year while it's being overhauled.

Noting the current policy, Dunn pointed to his own district, which includes parts of the Big Bend, as an area where veterans would benefit from his legislation. The fifth element outlines provisions to encourage physicians and other medical professionals to join the VA system through financial incentives.

The Trump administration is seeking to pay for recent expansion of Veterans Affairs to private health care through recently increased budgetary caps, according to an administration official.

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"Those who serve our nation, who risk life and limb for country ... must never be denied care, access, or treatment that they need". He said that consolidating the multiple private care programs that exist now should control the new bill's costs. This law gives veterans, who previously could only get care from VA facilities, the opportunity to now see doctors in the private sector. "The VA MISSION Act gives certainty to our veterans, increasing benefits to our nation's heroes and expanding options to seek care outside of the VA", said Dunn, who sits on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, on Thursday. The career bureaucrats and 370,000+ VA employees who will be charged with carrying out those new regulations in their day-to-day work need to believe a new day has, in fact, arrived.

The VA estimates it will take two to four years to implement the technology infrastructure needed for the program to begin, Roe said, adding that he will work to see the process takes less time than estimated.

The MISSION Act, aimed to alleviate those and many other VA care access issues, first passed the House and then the Senate in May. VA has said its medical facilities are "often 40 percent better in terms of wait times" compared with the private sector. Now, medical procedures are more precise and are often done on an outpatient basis.

"I'm seeing a lot of progress with health care, more positive news about health care for all Americans", Jim Wingerter said. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota, the House Veterans' Affairs Committee's ranking Democrat, described a "stark picture of a VA forced to cannibalize itself in order to pay for private care", with potential funding cuts to investments in buildings, direct patient care, suicide prevention, medical research and job training.


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