Trump will have a chance to show he is serious about following through on his promise, by signing the extension to the Veterans Choice Program that Congress passed on Wednesday, The Daily Caller reported.
The Veterans Choice Program allows veterans who live 40 miles from a VA facility, or who are told they will have to wait 30 days for an appointment, to seek treatment at a private facility.
By eliminating the sunset date of the Choice Act, Congress is ensuring veterans have certainty and continuity of care while we work with the Trump administration to develop a strategic plan that addresses the need for a veteran-centric, coordinated network of care that utilizes the strengths of both VA and community health providers,” Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe stated.
The bill was set to expire on Aug. 7, but this extension will guarantee that the program will exist at least until the funding runs out. WJHL noted that would likely happen in 2018.
NPR noted that the program had a number of weaknesses, some of which have caused frustration among veterans and doctors.
However, the general consensus is that this program is far better than letting veterans die because they can’t get timely care, and VA Secretary David Shulkin had encouraged Congress to pass the extension until a permanent solution could be enacted.
This program will not only save lives, it will also buy the Trump administration more time to come up with a permanent solution to solve the horrific problems that are occurring at VA centers all across America.