VA tests partnership with CVS to reduce veterans' wait times

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Last Congress, I was pleased to have my legislation - the Support Our Military Caregivers Act - pass the House of Representatives and I urge Secretary Shulkin to support this bill as we seek to have it passed and signed into law.

Presidents change and lawmakers come and go, but The Washington Times is always here, and FREE online. Under the bill, the VA will be allowed to operate its Choice program until the funding runs out.

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

Veterans were key constituency for Mr. Trump in the 2016 presidential election, voting for him 2-1 over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to exit polls, and Mr. Trump made veteran care a central component of his 2016 campaign.

Given that the Veterans Choice Program was authorized and funded through emergency measures, it also carried a looming end date. Jon Tester, D-Mont., on Wednesday.

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Shulkin has said he would like to expand veterans' access to private care by eliminating the Choice Program's current 30-day, 40-mile restrictions.

Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS "MinuteClinics" to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

McCain, a Navy veteran, said the extension "sends an important message that we will not send our veterans back to the status quo of unending wait-times for appointments and substandard care". Where there are gaps that local providers can fill, such as in rural areas, the community should fill them.

The innovative program introduces and access points for receiving care.

In a March report, the Government Accountability Office said veterans in the Choice program still face long wait times, mostly because cases must be referred to private contractors for scheduling. We will continue working with our colleagues in the Senate and the new administration to follow through on our commitment to those who have borne the price of battle for our nation.

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