Trump Signs Emergency Spending Package to Fund Veterans Choice Program

 

President Trump has signed an emergency spending package to continue funding the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to receive treatment from a private physician if the closest VA facility is too far away from where they live.

The spending package provides $2.1 billion to fund the Veterans Choice program, which was in danger of running out of money by mid-August. Another $1.8 billion would go to other VA health programs, including 28 leases for new VA medical facilities.

“We simply cannot afford to let this program expire and send our veterans back to the status quo of never-ending wait-times for appointments and substandard care, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

The Veterans Choice program was created in 2014 following a nationwide scandal that revealed thousands of veterans waited months to receive care at VA facilities.