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July 5, 2015

Veterans’ Health Bill Compromise Set After Weekend Talks

A compromise struck by House and Senate negotiators on Sunday on veterans’ medical care legislation would provide $15 billion in up-front emergency funds to help ease lengthy wait times at VA medical facilities, according to plan summary obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Niels Lesniewski reports that the compromise proposal would permit veterans who cannot get medical services at a VA facility or live more than 40 miles away to seek outside medical treatment.

The measure also would provide additional funding for the hiring of new VA health system staff.


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