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Senate panel to look at VA’s ’40-mile’ rule limiting outside care

Senate panel to look at VA’s ’40-mile’ rule limiting outside care

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee next week will examine how the VA is implementing a new program that allows veterans to get private medical care.

The panel will hold an oversight hearing on March 24 to examine the criteria the department is using as part of the “choice card” effort, the panel announced Friday. The witnesses are yet to be determined.
The program, in part, allows veterans to seek medical care at non-VA providers if they live more than 40 miles from an agency facility.

But veterans groups and lawmakers say that distance is too great and will limit many patients from getting the outside care they need.

The hearing will take place roughly a month after a bipartisan coalition of 41 senators, led by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), sent a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald asking him to modify how the program’s distance criteria is calculated “without delay.”

Read More:Senate panel to look at VA’s ’40-mile’ rule limiting outside care | TheHill.

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