31 May '17, 5pm

Shulkin unveils sweeping reforms for VA programs, operations

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin outlined an ambitious reform of nearly every aspect of his often-criticized department during a “State of the VA” address at the White House on Wednesday, calling it a sign of the president’s commitment to helping veterans. “Many of these challenges have been decades in building and they've spanned multiple administrations,” Shulkin told reporters at the event. “This is the time for us to really address these chronic problems that in many ways have harmed veterans and their families.” The plan includes promises to speed medical care access to all veterans, reduce disability claims backlogs, expand community care options for patients, reduce VA’s footprint nationwide, improve the department's information technology systems and reduce both the number of bureaucrats in VA’s headquarters and “burdensome regulations” within ...

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