Republican Senators Introduce Veterans Choice Act

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-06_7159b22559.jpgPhotodisc/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John McCain of Arizona was joined by four other Republican senators on Tuesday to announce the introduction of the Veterans Choice Act, new legislation aimed at reorganizing the way health care is provided to veterans. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said the bill addresses the problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs in three ways: "It's choice, It's transparency and it's change."

Elaborating, McCain said, "The bill will give eligible veterans greater flexibility when choosing their medical care and increase accountability and transparency within the VA to ensure that it delivers quality care to our veterans in a timely fashion."

"It would empower veterans who can't schedule an appointment within a reasonable time or live too far way from the VA medical facility to exercise the choice, I emphasize the choice, of getting medical care from any doctor in a Medicare or tricare program," McCain added.

Burr said the bill is designed to quickly fix the problems and allow the VA to find long term solutions. "This bill is very targeted. It's focused specifically on fixing a short term problem which is how to we get veterans the care they deserve and allow the VA leadership to make the systemic changes that they need to make," he noted.

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