VA Healthcare Bill Becomes LawAugust 14, 2017 |
by United Press International
President Donald Trump signed a large spending bill Saturday aimed at reforming the Veterans Healthcare Administration, fulfilling a central promise from his campaign.
The bill, VA Choice and Quality Employment Act, received broad support from Democrats and Republicans in Congress on it way to Trump’s desk. In all, it allocated $3.9 billion in spending. The largest chunk, $2.1 billion, will be used to expand a program to ensure care for veterans who live in rural areas, far from VA hospitals or clinics. The remaining $1.8 billion will go toward hiring more staff, improving existing VA facilities and opening 28 new VA clinics across the country.