HVAC Reviews Improvements to VA Choice Program
The House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) began the process of reviewing, debating and approving a draft proposal to make it easier for veterans who seek medical care outside the VA health system (Veterans Health Administration-VHA). The HVAC hearing provided a forum to discuss and review nine bills, including legislation related to VA’s community care programs. The legislation included bills affecting how veterans are able to access life-saving transplant and mental health care, and ways the VA is able to use telemedicine to treat veterans in rural areas.
HVAC Chairman Phil Roe (Tenn.) thanked FRA and other stakeholders for providing feedback on the draft legislation. A statement was provided by FRA for the record, on many of the issues discussed at the hearing.