Trump signs new VA bill

Trump signs VA reform bill without Democratic co-author

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"The Mission Act signed by the president today was very important piece of legislation that will improve services and conditions for all veterans".

President Trump on Wednesday signed the VA Missions Act of 2018 after the U.S. Senate passed the legislation last week by a vote of 92 to 5. The new law, once implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will give military veterans in need of healthcare greater autonomy in the pursuit it. There was no counterpart over in the Senate which helps explain why it was rolled into the current bill.

House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, has over the years quietly made veterans' care a priority - for instance, taking the lead to put state funding for two long-hoped-for nursing homes for veterans on a fast track.

- Expanding caregiver benefits to veterans of all eras. AIR, or Asset Infrastructure Review, of the entire VA system is the fourth part.

At a Rose Garden event at the White House, Trump praised the legislation as fulfilling his pledge to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs by bringing accountability and providing private care to veterans whenever they feel unhappy with government-run health care. "It will have a dramatic impact on the lives of the almost one million veterans and their families who call the Commonwealth of Virginia home". "By increasing transparency in opioid prescribing, we can identify abuse patterns and ensure our veterans are getting the best possible care".

To address the issue, the Mission Act includes a prompt pay provision.

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"Veterans deserve access to a safe and reliable health care program", Mr. Shelby said. The career bureaucrats and 370,000+ VA employees who will be charged with carrying out those new regulations in their day-to-day work need to believe a new day has, in fact, arrived. They warned of continuing problems of long waits under a newly expanded Choice program until the VA is able to more easily exchange veterans' medical records with outside physicians; the VA has said achieving that could take years.

The VA system structure is now based on the way medical services were provided from the 1960s to the 1980s, he said.

Of the 6,000 buildings in the VA system, 1,100 are not used at all or have little use, Roe said. "Veterans are now empowered to have more control over their health care and more quality choices within their own communities".

Phillip Carter, a senior researcher at the Rand Corp., a nonprofit think tank, said the bill creates another unanswered question on cost: It could push up the demand for medical care at VA hospitals as the pressure on them eases with more outside appointments.

Waits for a private doctor are not always shorter.

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