Stars & Stripes article on VA Choice concerns

 
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Stars & Stripes article on VA Choice concerns

Most of the new cycle yesterday was about the former FBI Director's testimony and the vote in the United Kingdom, but there was an interesting article in Stars and Stripes about VA Choice:

 A new Department of Veterans Affairs community care program will do away with current eligibility restrictions but stop short of unfettered choice, VA Secretary David Shulkin said Wednesday.

A new program to replace the Veterans Choice Program, created in 2014, hasn’t been publicly released but has been given a name – the Veterans Coordinated Access Rewarding Experiences program, or CARE. Shulkin broadly described the program Wednesday to members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“VA needs a different approach to ensure we can fully care for veterans,” he said. “We believe that a redesigned community care program will not only improve access and provide greater convenience for veterans, but will also transform how VA delivers care within our facilities.”

And the Legion chimed in:

The American Legion last month called the proposals “stealth privatization” and a “cannibalization” of VA resources.

“We noted the strong concerns, not only of members of Congress, but certainly the [veterans service organizations],” Shulkin said Wednesday. “We’re going to take that concern very seriously.”

The American Legion’s Jeff Steele reiterated Wednesday that the group was weary of a Choice expansion creating “unsustainable costs” and eroding VA resources.

“The American Legion supports a strong VA that relies on outside care as little as possible and only when medically necessary, rather than a move toward vouchers and privatization,” he said.

I'm sure when the policy of Congress is fleshed out more we'll have more information, and I'm certain it will be discussed extensively at the Annual Convention.

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The VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM is a incredibly incompetent and inefficient organization. My personal experience over the last 18 months after a serious automobile accident which left me with a broken neck and various other injuries has been nothing less than horrendous. A fracture of the C-2 vertebra was supposed to be x rayed every 2 weeks. It took over 2 months to get my first follow up x ray. That could have left me paralyzed from the neck down had my fracture shifted over that period of time. They also dropped the ball every step of the way on my follow up therapy causing repetitive lapses in treatments. Always ending the phone call with " Thank you for your service ".
And they want to throw more money to create another organization that will duplicate what is already in place ? How about letting veterans go to their own doctors and hospitals and sending the VA the bill. Then at the end of the next phone I can reply by saying " Thanks for doing your job " .

The VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM is an incredibly incompetent and inefficient organization. My personal experience over the last 18 months after a serious automobile accident which left me with a broken neck and various other injuries has been nothing less than horrendous. A fracture of the C-2 vertebra was supposed to be x rayed every 2 weeks. It took over 2 months to get my first follow up x ray. That could have left me paralyzed from the neck down had my fracture shifted over that period of time. They also dropped the ball every step of the way on my follow up therapy causing repetitive lapses in treatments. Always ending the phone call with " Thank you for your service ".
And they want to throw more money to create another organization that will duplicate what is already in place ? How about letting veterans go to their own doctors and hospitals and sending the VA the bill. Then at the end of the next phone I can reply by saying " Thanks for doing your job " .

What's the matter ? Didn't my comments on the VA Choice Program fit into the American Legions political agenda ?

VA sent me to (2) Choice Program DR'S that declared that I had Bone on Bone and needed a complete knee replacement.That was 3 months ago.Gone thru the the VA required programs.The Choice Program,has been outstanding and very professional and helpful in very way. Looking forward to having the Choice Program replace my knee!

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