CHA News Article

Congress Passes Legislation Reforming VA Health Care

The U.S. Senate last night passed legislation reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by a vote of 91-3, sending the bill to the President for his signature. The bill, which passed the House on Wednesday by a vote of 420-5, gives veterans the option of seeking health care from non-VA providers if they are unable to schedule an appointment with a VA medical facility within the VA’s stated wait time, or if they reside more than 40 miles from the nearest VA medical facility. As advocated by CHA, the bill includes provisions requiring Medicare reimbursement rates and prompt payment to non-VA providers.