U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to act quickly to implement a more sensible interpretation of the Veterans' Choice distance criteria to allow veterans better access to health care. At a committee hearing, March 24, 2015, Isakson raised concerns over how the VA has implemented the distance criteria that was included in sweeping reforms passed last year in the Veterans' Access, Choice and Accountability Act. A recent American Legion survey has indicated serious problems with access and eligibility of the Department of Veterans Affairs Choice Card program. A video of and testimony from the hearing are available on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs website. Chairman Isakson's opening remarks are available on YouTube.
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