The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently unveiled a wide-reaching plan to Congress to merge and expand its unwieldy networks of private doctors. The goal of the New Veterans Choice Program, which would combine seven of the agency's existing private health-care arrangements into a single system, is to eliminate gaps in care. The plan would overhaul the system that allows veterans to use private doctors at government expense if they live too far from a VA hospital or need a specialist. VA officials provided details of their strategy at a recent hearing before the House Veterans Affairs Committee. A video of that hearing and statements from witnesses are available on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs website.
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