Source: Hope Yen, Associated Press, May 23, 2018
Congress delivered a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. The Senate cleared the bill on a 92-5 vote Wednesday, also averting a disastrous shutdown of its Choice private-sector program. The program is slated to run out of money as early as next week, causing disruptions in care. The sweeping measure would allow veterans to see private doctors when they do not receive the treatment they expected, with the approval of a Department of Veterans Affairs health provider. Veterans could access private care when they have endured lengthy wait times or VA medical centers do not offer the services they need. …
House Passes Sweeping Bill to Overhaul VA-Funded Private Care, Shutter Facilities
Source: Eric Katz, Government Executive, May 16, 2018
The House on Wednesday passed 347-70 a major overhaul to veterans health care, voting to expand their access to private sector care on the government’s dime and to bring the Veterans Affairs Department through a process that would close some of its federally run facilities. The Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act won widespread support in the lower chamber and will now head to the Senate, where it already has bipartisan backing.
Ronny Jackson Withdraws As VA Nominee
Source: Jessica Taylor, NPR 26, 2018
Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit. …