President Trump took another step Wednesday to fulfill a promise to America’s military veterans to improve their health care.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was under intense criticism during the Obama administration for insufficient care, but Trump has now signed the Veterans Choice Program Extension & Improvement Act [S544] to expand a pilot program into a full fledged service to help veterans receive care from other hospitals and doctors closer to home.
According to Reuters, the extended program will also make it easier for vets to get reimbursed when they seek private care. In addition to that, the law sets up medical records sharing system.
Speaking at the signing, Trump said this new law makes it so that “more veterans can see the doctor of their choice. You’ve got it? The doctor of their choice.”
“And don’t have to wait and travel long distances for VA care,” he continued. “Some people have to travel 5 hours, 8 hours, and they have to do it on a weekly basis and even worse than that. It’s not going to happen anymore.”
The president is well aware that this is only the beginning.
"This new law is a good start, but there is still much work to do," he said. “We will fight each and every day to deliver the long-awaited reforms our veterans deserve and to protect those who have courageously protected each and every one of us."
Trump called the task of turning around the VA “one of my most important things” in his presidency. “It’s time we take care of [vets] properly.”
He also called veterans the “most incredible people we have in our country as far as I’m concerned.”
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