Shulkin urges emergency aid for VA private healthcare system quickly

WASHINGTON – In a fresh warning, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says that there is a possible delay in providing medical care to tens of thousands of veterans as well as lawmakers do not quickly approve billions in emergency aid for the ailing private sector, Choice program.

In a statement, Shulkin says that he is encouraged by several bills that would provide long-term corrections to give veterans a wider freedom to see private doctors. But noting the lack of clear consensus, Shulkin says that he would be “open” to short-term funding for now, for the end of the year, “to ensure that our veterans receive uninterrupted care.”

He adds, “the Congress must pass a bill this year.”

Lawmakers struggling over the Choice of the legislation amid disagreements over the costs and how much access of veterans to private doctors.

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