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TriWest Healthcare Alliance, which manages health benefits for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is bringing six new employees to Alaska to help get veterans' medical appointments scheduled and doctors' bills paid. The new team will provide in-person and over-the-phone help for Alaska's veterans and health care providers who must navigate the Federal Choice Program, which was partly modeled on an earlier system in Alaska. The staff from TriWest will work closely with the staff from the VA to ensure veterans can get timely appointments. Alaska's congressional delegation said in statements Tuesday that they are cautiously optimistic about the additional staff in the state, though noting that it's only one step toward fixing veterans' problems with health care.
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