24 May '18, 9am

Senate Approves Massive Overhaul of VA Health Care

Senate Approves Massive Overhaul of VA Health Care

The Senate voted 92-5 Wednesday to approve landmark legislation to transform how the Department of Veterans Affairs delivers health care, but not before concerns were raised that funds have yet to be found to pay the estimated $55 billion price tag . "It's not paid for," Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, said in the brief floor debate on the VA Mission Act to expand private health care options for veterans. "I believe we should care for our veterans in a fiscally responsible manner" and not have to borrow to fund the bill. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, acknowledged at a Senate news conference Tuesday that funding for the bill was lacking, but both expressed confidence that the money would be found for a bill crucial to veterans care. The Mission Act would replace the current Veterans Choice Progr...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/05/23/senate-app...

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