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Trump signs bill to expand private care for veterans

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President of the Trump mark S. 2372, VA-Mission Act of 2018

President Donald Trump has signed a law into law, expanding private long-term care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system.

At a Rose Garden event, Trump praised the legislation to help his campaign pledge to fix the VA, by the accountability and expanding access to private doctors.

He said, for veterans who have stood “in the line for weeks and weeks,” seeking care in the VA, “now you can go see a doctor.”

The $51 billion measure builds on a law from the year 2014, in response to a scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where some veterans died while waiting months for appointments.

It will allow the veterans, with the approval of the VA provider to see private doctors, if you do not get the treatment that you expected.

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