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Congress Ramps Up Debate on Veterans’ Care

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by NIKKI WENTLING

WASHINGTON – Major reforms to veterans’ health care are moving forward on Capitol Hill, and politically conservative and liberal groups are attempting to influence what could be an intense debate over balancing private-sector care.

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will meet Tuesday morning to discuss options for overhauling Veterans Choice, a program created in 2014 following the Department of Veterans Affairs wait-time scandal. The program, which has surpassed $12 billion in spending, has been the subject of criticism about eligibility restrictions, money mismanagement and failure to administer timely reimbursements to private-sector medical providers.

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