VA Policy Changes Soon to Benefit Veterans
On August 7, 2014, President Obama signed the much-anticipated VA reform bill that will improve care and accessibility for veterans in the U.S. The bill, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, will allot $16.3 billion in an effort to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Reasons for Reform
The bill was put on the table after a series of negative findings about the VA were reported and unscrupulous practices within the administration came to light.
Most notably, the VA has received a lot of criticism for manipulation of records to cover veterans’ deaths related to the extended amount of time patients had to wait to receive care.
Change for Veterans on the Horizon
“This bill will help us ensure that veterans have access to the care that they’ve earned. This will give the VA more of the resources that it needs. It will help the VA hire more doctors and more nurses and staff more clinics,” Mr. Obama noted.
One of the changes the new bill will bring is that veterans will now be able to receive care from private clinics if they live more than 40 miles away from a VA facility or if the wait time for an appointment is more than 30 days. The bill also gives the VA Secretary the right to terminate department executives that are underperforming.
Since all the issues were brought to light, the VA has begun making positive changes. So far, it has reportedly contacted over 200,000 veterans who were on waiting lists so they can get into clinics to receive care. The VA has also lengthened its clinics’ hours of operation, added staff, and deployed mobile medical units.
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