McCain demands accounting from VA on money for private care

McCain demands accounting from VA on money for private care

September 28th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Health

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump holds the Veteran's Affairs Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 after signing it at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J. Standing with Trump is Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, left. Weeks after receiving emergency aid in August 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs is cautioning that the private-sector health program backed by Trump could run low again on money sooner than expected, threatening to disrupt care for hundreds of thousands of veterans in two months. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John McCain is demanding a full accounting from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the financial status of its private-sector health care program.

The Associated Press reported this week that the Veterans Choice program could run out of money by year's end, despite receiving $2.1 billion in emergency funding last month.

In a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin, McCain says he wants to know when exactly the VA expects Choice to run out of money. McCain's letter cites AP's report, which included VA's acknowledgment that Choice funds could be depleted as early as December or as late as March.

The Arizona Republican chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Another shortfall could force the VA to limit referrals to outside doctors, causing delays in care for thousands of veterans.