“Senators have two very different proposals to redesign the Veterans Choice Program. Both pieces of legislation represent very different ideologies.
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced legislation that would give all enrolled veterans the ability to choose to receive care from an eligible community care provider. Under the Veterans Choice Act of 2017, those veterans would receive a “Choice card” that would indicate their eligibility to receive private care.
The committee’s ranking member, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), is taking a different approach. He introduced the Improving Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2017. Tester’s bill more closely resembles the proposal that VA Secretary David Shulkin presented to Congress last month. Veterans who meet certain criteria would be eligible to receive care from a private sector provider.”
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If they are able to fund CHOICE or CARE or whatever they end up calling it, how will it effect staffing that caused the wait list scandal which was the impetus for CHOICE.?