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Rep Delaney sponsors veterans health care bill

March 27th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has cosponsored the Real Choice for Veterans Act (H.R. 1096). The legislation would expand health care access options for veterans, by revising the Veterans Choice Program. Delaney is the first House Democrat to cosponsor the Real Choice for Veterans Act, which was authored by Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1).  Under current law, any veteran who lives more than 40 miles from any Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility is eligible to receive care from a private medical provider. However, the 40 mile rule does not refer to whether the veteran’s specific health care need, such as surgery, is provided within 40 miles at a VA facility. This limits the effectiveness of the Veterans Choice Program.


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