The owners of a New Hampshire provider stopped caring for 16 veterans as of Friday because they were unable to get about $60,000 in bills paid by the Veterans Affairs Department.
Newly confirmed VA Secretary Robert Wilkie will be in charge of rolling out VA Choice reforms as Congress battles over the program's funding.
It's more than $1 billion over budget and five years behind schedule, but an elaborate new veterans hospital is finally ready to open in suburban Denver with the promise of state-of-the-art medical care.
The Senate VA Committee approved Robert Wilkie's nomination to head the Veterans Affairs Department. A full Senate floor vote is expected shortly.
Robert Wilkie, the White House pick to lead the VA through expansion of the VA Choice program and the overhaul of its electronic health records system, mostly sailed through his Senate hearing, setting the course for his confirmation.
Veterans often had to wait between 51 and 64 days for appointments with private doctors under the VA Choice program. Management of medicine investigators blamed the waits in part on bureaucratic inefficiency and understaffing at the department.
In recognition of the 74th anniversary of D-Day, President Donald Trump is expected to sign into law the so-called Mission Act. This is the hotly debated and long-awaited set of reforms to the VA Choice program.
The president's latest executive order limiting the time federal employees can spend on union business could have a significant impact at VA health centers — and their budgets.
Long-anticipated reforms to VA Choice await President Donald Trump's signature with backing from both parties. But reimbursement questions linger, and the politics are unlikely to go away.
The bill, which consolidates VA's community care programs into Choice, will spark a change in how the private sector interacts with the VA health system.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a compromise VA Choice reform bill. Congress aims to send it to the president before funding runs out in May.
A House committee approved a VA Choice bill during a hearing, but it's unclear whether Congress can pass the legislation before the program's funding runs out.