NH veterans soon can access medical care at private, non VA providers
The senators held a joint news conference Friday, speaking before about 50 veterans who gathered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Merrimack. The veterans wholeheartedly welcomed the change.
The provision the two Senators fought to include in the bill will mean elderly, ill New Hampshire veterans will not have to travel hours to get medical care treatment at VA hospitals in Boston or White River Junction, Vt. Once it becomes effective, expected in 90 to 120 days after the rule-making process, a veteran anywhere in the country will be able to receive care at private or public facilities if the veteran lives more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility or if the VA cannot provide the requested appointment within VA wait-time goals.
The legislation also addresses accountability at the VA, giving the Secretary more authority to fire or demote senior level employees based on their performance.
The bill also requires the VA to establish goals for appointment wait times and publish wait times at each VA medical facility.
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