VA expands Choice program for veterans


– The Washington Times


The Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday expanded the pool of veterans who can use the new Choice Program to get care at private hospitals and clinics, as the troubled department moved to firmly embrace the reforms Congress passed last year to clean up the wait-list scandal.

Under the new rules, veterans whose local Veterans Affairs clinics don’t have a full-time primary care physician and can’t get an appointment within 30 days can now see a private doctor, on the government’s dime. The program will also now be open to all veterans, not just combat veterans who’d signed up by the time the Choice Program was enacted into law.

“As we implement the Veterans Choice Program, we are learning from our stakeholders what works and what needs to be refined,” VA Secretary Robert McDonald said in a statement. “It is our goal to do all that we can to remove barriers that separate veterans from the care they deserve.”


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  1. Keeping in mind the VAs efforts to appear proficient I have an example where money is wasted and I will formally present this to them in the near future. I live some 50 miles from the American Lake VA Medical Facility and I had an appointment with the CPAP clinic to see about getting me a mask that doesn’t hurt my face. Being a 90% paid at the 100% level and basically house-bound with Home Health Care, etc. I don’t drive and have no family to get me to appointments.

    In the past I was provided a taxi to make these appointments; however, now only a cabulance is permitted for those who are wheelchair etc. at a tremendous increase in costs to the VA. Since I am not wheelchair bound( I have an electric model) and can get around with a walker I am forced to use the more expensive transportation option and beleive me it is expensive.

    I have a facility about 500 feet from me that can make the same CPAP decisions and provide me the appropriate mask at a cost which would be extremely less than my use of a cabulance.Multiply this by the numbers of vets who are in the same position and the money that the VA has to spend and that figure starts to really pile up. And people get paid good sums of money to come up with such ideas.

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