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V.A. allows some vets to see private doctors

8-7-2014 - The Veterans' Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 became law on August 7. A rare example of bipartisan cooperation, the law provides $16.3 billion to address the urgent problems that have come to light at the troubled Veterans Affairs Department.

One key provision of the law permits eligible veterans to see private doctors, at government expense, over the next three years. To be eligible for services outside the V.A. system, a veteran must face a delay of 90 days or longer for an appointment at a V.A. clinic or hospital, or must live more than 40 miles from the V.A. medical facility.

The law also provides funds earmarked for the building of 27 new clinics nationwide and the hiring of additional medical staff.

"This will not and cannot be the end of our effort. Implementing this law will take time,” President Obama said. “Even as we focus on the urgent reforms we need at the VA right now, particularly around wait lists and the health care system, we can’t lose sight of our long-term goals for our service members and our veterans.”

 

For an abstract of the new law, click here. 

To read about V.A. Aid and Attendance Benefits for elderly and disabled veterans, click here.

 

 

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