New Deal Reached To Fix VA Budget Crisis After Vets Protest
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fill a shortfall in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ program of private-sector care.
The plan also would boost core VA health programs, something insisted on by veterans’ groups.
The deal unveiled Thursday would provide $2.1 billion over six months to continue funding the Choice program. It provides federally paid medical care outside the VA and is a priority of President Donald Trump.
Another $1.8 billion would pay for 28 leases for new medical facilities. That cost would be covered by trimming spending in other areas.
A House vote is planned for Friday.
VA Secretary David Shulkin has warned that without legislative action Choice would run out of money by mid-August, causing delays to care.