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Veterans Affairs: President-elect Obama to expand physical and mental health care…

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Disability Help Group

President-elect Barack Obama vows to expand VA health care for veterans. While congress voted to expand VA health care in 1996, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has exercised its authority to suspend enrollments as needed. Obama has said the VA’s actions resulted in 1 million veterans being turned away, and he has promised to reverse the policy.

He also declared to improve the mental health and traumatic brain injury screening process and treatment options for such conditions; increase the number of housing vouchers and establish a program that will help veterans at risk of being homeless; add to the number of rural veterans’ centers; develop an electronic system to transfer medical records from the military; and improve preventative health options.