As Congress piles on new initiatives for the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement, the agency is struggling to keep up with the IT updates that those new or enhanced programs demand.
As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to implement a new version of its community care program, lawmakers will also debate whether VA is spending too much on private care at the expense of other agency priorities.
Lawmakers have struck a deal to give the Veterans Affairs Department its biggest budget yet but still lack a long-term plan to fund the agency’s new community care program under the VA MISSION Act.
Lawmakers are still trying to find a permanent funding source for the VA MISSION Act, as the president publicly expressed his disagreement with some of the new law’s finer points.
The VA MISSION Act cleared the Senate with a 92-5 vote. The legislation brings a long-awaited solution to the current Veterans Choice Program.
Though lawmakers still haven’t unveiled the final text of an omnibus spending package for the rest of fiscal 2018, veterans organizations and members of Congress are hopeful the bill will contain major VA policies.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said he regretted the distractions that recent reports have created.
The American Legion said it’s concerned by recent movement by the White House and other organizations to move the Veterans Affairs Department’s health care system in the direction of privatization.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said his agenda for the future of the VA Choice Program also aligns with the White House’s vision.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Thursday he would reimburse the U.S. Treasury for his wife’s travel expenses and instead wanted to turn attention back to veterans issues. VA is requesting a $12 billion budget increase for 2019.