Some veterans can go to CVS 'MinuteClinics' for minor illnesses

Some veterans can go to CVS 'MinuteClinics' for minor illnesses

President Donald Trump signed into law a bill Wednesday expanding the Veterans Choice Program, which allows some veterans to opt for private care.

It's an amendment to a law enacted three years ago. "I look forward to joining him today as he signs this important bill for our veterans", said Governor Scott. Under the bill, the VA will be allowed to operate its Choice program until the funding runs out.

We must never go back to the pre-scandal days where a VA bureaucrat had the final say as to where and when a veteran got their health care. "It's too complex; it's too hard to use, so we're working hard now with Congress to redesign an improved way of accessing care in the community".

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"Our number one priority is getting veterans' access to care when and where they need it", said Baligh Yehia, the VA's deputy undersecretary for health for community care. In the wake of the awful scandal in care at the Phoenix VA and VA hospitals around the country, we made a promise that our veterans would never again be forced to face unacceptable wait-times for appointments, or drive unreasonable distances, to get the care they need.

The new law also calls for changes to alleviate some problems by speeding up VA payments and promoting greater sharing of medical records.

The Oregonian reported about more than a dozen Oregon veterans that were turned away from the program, with appeals responded to with form letters.

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As many as 60,000 gathered in Rome to hear Pope Francis' Easter Sunday message decrying the attack on civilians in Syria. Knights of the Holy Sepulchre attend the Easter Sunday procession in Jerusalems Old City on April 16, 2017.

Conservatives calling for privatization say the VA provides medical services to only about 45 percent of veterans, and they point to delays and inefficiencies dogging the current system.

Congresswoman Stefanik recently reintroduced her legislation, the Support Our Military Caregivers Act, to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Family Caregiver Program to help better support family members caring for seriously wounded veterans.

As we work to ensure all veterans have access to care, we must develop an informed, strategic plan for the future of veteran healthcare through the VA. Only 61 percent of veterans surveyed said they got an appointment for urgent primary care when they needed it, according to VA data. But, he wants the VA to handle all scheduling and "customer service" - something that veterans groups generally support but government auditors caution could prove unwieldy and expensive.

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Trump then goes on to reminisce about the "great memories" he's had inside the office. "There's been a lot of drama in the house". Unsurprisingly, it wasn't long before McCarthy turned to Spicer's comments (and subsequent apologies ) this week about Hitler.

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