Trump signs VA bill

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

"Today is another milestone in our work to transform the VA, where we're doing record-setting business", Mr. Trump said, calling the bill another campaign promise he's accomplished.

President Donald Trump signed the Veterans Affair Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 on Saturday, which is created to get veterans treated quicker and with the doctors they want.

Mr. Trump signed the new legislation while on a working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. "From chemotherapy to life-saving surgeries, this critical program allows Nevada's veterans to receive medical services that the VA can not provide and for veterans in rural areas to seek care closer to home". The remaining $1.8 billion will go toward hiring more staff, improving existing VA facilities and opening 28 new VA clinics across the country. "It's been going on for a long, long time", Trump said while making remarks in Bedminster, N.J.

Approved in the wake of the wait-list scandal that saw hundreds of veterans die while stuck on secret wait lists, the choice program allows those caught in backlogs to seek care at from a private clinic or doctor and bill the costs back to the Veterans Affairs Department.

The care program was created to let veterans who'd waited weeks for an appointment or who lived far from a VA clinic to seek care at a private facility, with the costs covered by taxpayers. The funding will provide a major boost an existing a provision known as the Veterans Choice Program. He also said the legislation would make it easier for the federal government to fire VA employees.

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