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VA Choice Program Funds Should Be Reallocated


Following last week’s announcement of a $2.5 billion VA hospital shortfall caused by a sharp increase in demand by veterans for healthcare, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) urged Congress to transfer unused money from its Choice Card privatization program. The Choice program was the centerpiece of sweeping VA overhaul last year in response to a scandal over the long waits for medical care that veterans endured. Though the program launched last November made it easier for veterans to receive federally paid medical care from local doctors, it’s only been used by 3% of eligible veterans. Annually, nearly 9 million veterans annual receive medical services from the VA.

“The resources needed to meet the demands on our veterans care system are waiting to be utilized. Our nation’s heroes cannot afford for any more time to be wasted. Congress must act now and authorize the transfer of unused Choice Program funds to programs that will meet the immediate needs of our nation’s vets,” says AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.

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