“It’s disheartening,” one veterans’ advocate said of the program’s troubles. “Imagine if a veteran has to cease chemotherapy treatment during Christmas.”
“Now, just weeks after securing $2.1 billion in additional Choice funding, VA admits it needs more cash — and soon. The Trump administration, with encouragement from conservative groups, has pressed for a “Choice 2.0” bill that would make the program permanent and expand its capabilities.
The administration, however, is unlikely to get a friendly hearing from lawmakers who are exhausted by the White House’s lofty policy promises and surprise shortfalls. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona — chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, a former Navy POW, and a key ally in passing funding for veterans programs — wrote a letter to Shulkin Sep. 27 demanding answers to some tough questions.
“Is the VA facing a third funding shortfall for the Choice Program this year?” he asked. “Will funding for the Choice program remain available, as you have testified, well into next fiscal year?”
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