29 Nov '17, 11pm

Senate veterans committee advances $54 billion VA Choice overhaul

WASHINGTON — The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee advanced legislation Wednesday to overhaul the controversial Veterans Choice program and establish a new system for veterans to seek private-sector medical care. The bill, which will go next to the full Senate at an unknown date, would cost more than $54 billion for five years, according to preliminary estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. Republicans, Democrats and veterans service organizations negotiated the bill for several weeks, and all but one committee member voted in favor of it. “None of us got everything we wanted, but we delivered a bill that will allow the [Department of Veterans Affairs] and the community to better serve our nation’s veterans,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the ranking Democrat on the committee. “It’s supported by a lot of organizations, integrates community and VA care and puts t...

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