Congress Passed Extension of VA Choice Card Program



Military Times - House lawmakers easily passed an extension of the controversial Veterans Affairs Choice Card program on Wednesday, a move department officials say will keep them from denying needed medical care to thousands of veterans in coming months.

The measure passed the chamber by a voice vote. Earlier in the week, it cleared the Senate without opposition. The White House is expected to sign the measure into law in coming days.

The Choice Card program, created by Congress in the wake of VA’s 2014 wait time scandal, is one of multiple offerings by the department for veterans to seek medical care outside the VA system. Veterans who face lengthy wait times for VA hospital appointments or live more than 40 miles from VA clinics are eligible to use the program to seek private-sector medical care instead.

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