Wait times at VA hospitals could jump after failed House vote

Wait times at VA hospitals could jump after failed House vote

July 26th, 2017 by The Tennessean in National Political

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin attends a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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A failed vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday caused lawmakers to warn that wait times at VA medical centers around the country could return to months-long levels.

The House failed to get two-thirds of the required votes needed to get legislation passed that would have funneled $2 billion of existing funds out of other programs and into the Veterans Choice program.

The Choice program has been heralded by administration officials as a way for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce wait times by allowing eligible veterans to seek care outside of the VA system. But House members on both sides of the aisle have acknowledged the program is flawed and needs reform.

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