An additional 160,000 veterans became eligible Dec. 1 to receive VA-paid medical care from civilian health care providers, the result of changes to the Choice Act of 2014 voted several months ago as Congress seeks to ease the flood of complaints still swirling around that poorly-designed law. Meanwhile, VA officials have unveiled a costly, complex and phased plan to consolidate the Choice program with a "patchwork" of other purchased care initiatives enacted over the years, even as VA hospitals continue their own referral agreements with local community providers. For more details, see this Military.com article.
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