Armed Forces News

Congress is considering a measure that would extend Veterans’ Choice, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ program aimed at delivering health-care services and benefits to veterans more quickly and efficiently. With Veterans’ Choice, veterans can get treatment for their service-connected conditions and other health benefits through community providers, when VA care is not readily accessible. According to a March 8 report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the measure – H.R. 369 – would eliminate the planned August 7 sunset date for Veterans’ Choice. If the bill passes, VA could operate the program until the $10 billion allocated for it is completely depleted. Sponsored by Rep. David P. Roe, R-Tenn., the measure is now under consideration by the House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee on health.