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Funding for Veterans Choice May Run Out

The Trump administration says the private-sector Veterans Choice health care program may need additional money as early as December to avoid a disruption of care for hundreds of thousands of veterans. The House Veterans Affairs Committee was already anticipating that the emergency funding approved in August may not last the full six months. They cited the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) past problems in estimating Choice program cost. Earlier this year, the VA began limiting referrals to outside doctors as money began to run low and veterans reported delays in care. More than 30 percent of VA appointments are made in the private sector. For more on Veterans Choice, visit the Veterans Choice page.

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