Republicans Offer Alternative VA Health Care Bill

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four Senate Republicans are proposing a bill that would give veterans more flexibility to see a private doctor if they are forced to wait too long for an appointment at a Veterans Affairs hospital or clinic.

Arizona Sen. John McCain and three other GOP senators introduced the bill Tuesday. The measure is the latest response in Congress to a furor over patient delays and cover-ups at VA health facilities nationwide.

The Republican chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee is preparing legislation to make VA offer non-VA care to veterans who cannot be seen within 30 days. The Democratic chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has proposed a bill letting veterans go to community health centers, military hospitals or private doctors if they cannot a timely VA appointment.

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