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The Latest: House agrees to
expand private care for veterans

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 5/16/2018 6:58:04 PM

Washington - The Latest on the House vote on a bill that would expand private care for veterans (all times local): 6: 45 p.m. - The House has voted to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system. (Snip) The plan seeks to fulfill President Donald Trump´s promise to expand private care to veterans whenever they feel unhappy with VA health care. The long-awaited measure would change how veterans receive their medical care by allowing them to go to a private physician when they felt government-run VA medical centers couldn't provide the care they needed, with the approval of a VA

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I am over the moon over this. Didn´t even know it was be considered. I need to light a candle for you, Mr. President.

Thank you, Mr. President,
from a former USAF vet.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 5/16/2018 7:08:43 PM     (No. 11634421)

Excellent.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: citizen, 5/16/2018 7:15:33 PM     (No. 11634432)

Excellent is right...but with the approval of a VA health provider..lotsa red tape?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: cannonball, 5/16/2018 8:07:25 PM     (No. 11634480)

I am a veteran. I think the federal government should pay for treatment of service-connected maladies. But why should it pay for illnesses that arise later -- like heart attacks and cancer? Do away with that and the DVA can concentrate on service-connected things.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 5/16/2018 9:56:58 PM     (No. 11634570)

This is good news. My VA doctor informed me there are certain cancers the VA will simply not treat. This spooked me. Like what? Oh, like various types of pancreatic and prostate and others she would not mention. I had no idea. So, I included myself in the Senior Dimensions health plan here in Nevada- which is absolutely outstanding. But, the VA is also outstanding. But, heaven help anyone who comes down with something and they go to get help and their medical provider says, "Surprise! We do not help with that!" I guess you just crawl off someplace and die. Too bad I only served my country and bled for her- But, by God, those illegals and transvestite convicts get first class treatment, don´t they?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 5/16/2018 11:14:14 PM     (No. 11634614)

Pretty good news indeed. I hope they include, though, if the veteran lives a distance from a VA clinic or hospital. My brother Jim has been treated for lung cancer (two years ago) and last year for brain tumors. It was a real inconvenience to get him from his home in Marysville Wa. to Seattle where the VA hospital is. Just two weeks ago, he suffered a seizure and spent almost two weeks in a hospital in Everett. The VA said they would pay the bill.
Last year, he moved in with another brother who lives in Seattle but that also meant my older brother and I had to drive there, pick him up and take him to the hospital. We didn´t complain but neither of us live in Seattle but it was quite a long drive for my one brother who lives apprx. 40-50 miles from Seattle. My brother is dying, he doesn´t realize it yet. The trips to the hospital or doctor are going to become more frequent.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 5/16/2018 11:16:02 PM     (No. 11634617)

I should have added that he lived with the brother in Seattle just during his treatment and after it was over, he moved back to Marysville Wa.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Kerryman, 5/16/2018 11:46:00 PM     (No. 11634646)

There is no logical reason this is not done. Think Medicare. I´m a Vet on Medicare. At the Cusp of Retirement I signed up for both Medicare and USAA Supplemental care. Within a month of Retirement I had a malady. I had an examination within two days and a procedure performed two days after that. All my bills were paid save my annual Deductible. It was not an emergency. Contrast that with the VA. Any Service that you need a special procedure in case you´re waiting more than 30days is a flawed Service. Over 90% of my Bill was paid by Medicare, the Government VA Benefits are paid by the Government. There is no reason that Vets can´t go to any Doctor or Hospital that will accept VA Benefits except for the 360,000 VA Employees, but this is not about them. Also it would be admitting the failure of a Single Payer System. Vet Choice Now!!

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