20 Dec '17, 4pm

Via @nikkiwentling: VA says #Veterans Choice Program money could run out as early as Jan. 2.

WASHINGTON — Funding for the government system that allows veterans to seek private-sector health care could be depleted as early as Jan. 2, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency is required to include a notice in the Federal Register informing veterans the anticipated last date that the Veterans Choice Program will have money to operate. The notice was published Wednesday and stated the program would be bankrupt sometime between Jan. 2 and Jan. 16. The VA could not pinpoint a date “due to the unique nature of health care and the variability in health care costs,” according to the notice. The notice provides a deadline to Congress, which needs to approve more funding to keep the program running. Last week, VA Secretary David Shulkin sent a letter to lawmakers on the veterans’ affairs committees in which he told them that the Choice program would be de...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/va-says-veterans-choice-prog...

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