VA Health Bill Deadlock Continues Despite a Reduced Cost Estimate
Posted at 11:28 a.m. on July 14
A House-Senate conference committee tasked with writing a compromise veterans’ health bill continues to struggle with a Congressional Budget Office cost estimate for what it will take to allow veterans to seek care from private health care providers and avoid notorious treatment delays at veterans’ medical centers.
CQ Roll Call’ s Ellyn Ferguson reports that CBO has reduced its estimate by 15 percent to $38 billion per year, down from $50 billion, but Republicans are still keen on spending offsets while Democrats are urging a non-offset emergency designation for the bill.
Offsetting new spending with cuts in other programs is a continuous congressional battle on all major health care legislation.
Meanwhile, CQ HealthBeat reports that health care provider groups are more interested making sure of prompt payments and reduced VA bureaucratic processing obstacles for veterans’ treatment delivered outside of the VA system.