News Worms
News Worms


Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets

Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets

President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday to temporarily extend a program that lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector, part of an effort by the president to deliver on a campaign promise.

"The veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for so long, and it's time that they're recognized, and it's time that we now take care of them, and take care of them properly", the president said before signing the legislation.

However, because the 2014 legislation was authorized and funded by emergency measures, a sunset provision was added, so the VA had prepared to restrict medical services in the program beyond the August 2017 termination date. "Our district is home to more veterans than any district in NY, and it is important that we do what we can to take care of our wounded warriors". In addition, Congress will now have more time to work with the new VA Secretary to determine what the next iteration of access to community providers through the VA ought to look like. So why extend a program that, arguably, caused more problems than it solved?

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who was on hand for the signing, called it "a good day for veterans". We will continue working with our colleagues in the Senate and the new administration to follow through on our commitment to those who have borne the price of battle for our nation.

"Caregivers play a critically important role in the health and well-being of our veterans, and caring for an injured veteran is a labor of love", she said.

Reforming the agency, rocked by a waiting-time scandal in 2014, was one of Trump's most-repeated campaign trail promises. At the same time, he wants the VA to work in partnership by handling all the scheduling and "customer service", something that congressional auditors say could be unwieldy and expensive.

follow

editors' picks

April 20, 2017
Tennis superstar Serena Williams just announced that she's pregnant on Snapchat
One of the world's most famous tennis players sparked speculation Wednesday she is expecting her first child. Williams is coming off of a January victory at the Australian Open, where she beat her sister in the final.

April 20, 2017
Google, an ad company, will soon block 'bad ads' in Chrome
Google did not respond to questions about the WSJ report's legitimacy in time for this article's publication. Almost 25% of United States internet users had an ad blocker in 2016, according to research firm eMarketer .

April 19, 2017
Suspect In Facebook Video Killing Found Dead From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound
In his broadcast of the killing, Stevens can be heard asking Godwin to repeat the name of the former girlfriend. Steve Stephens , 37, had been the subject of a nationwide manhunt in the wake of Sunday's killing in Cleveland.

April 19, 2017
Mountain lion suspected of snatching dog from family's bedroom
With a flashlight, the woman looked for her dog, but only found large wet paw prints at the entrance of her bedroom, Zuno said. Responding deputies found prints suggesting a mountain lion.

April 19, 2017
Dude Steals 100 Phones at Coachella. Gets Caught
The Los Angeles Times reports that the festivalgoers used the "Find My iPhone" app to spot 36-year-old Reinaldo De Jesus Henao . After police kept extra eyes on that area and failed to find a suspect, it was the fans that came through.

April 19, 2017
Hillary Clinton reportedly said 'that was my last race' after losing election
Thanks to Allen and Parnes, we now know how Clinton reacted, at the moment she was supposed to become the first female president. We also feel the widely shared exasperation with Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's longtime confidante.

April 19, 2017
AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.4.3 driver download
This dual slot design card looks impressive with the massive dual fan cooling solution, textured shroud, and intricate backplate. It is expected that the upcoming AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU would definitely solve the issue as a next-gen graphics processing unit.

April 19, 2017
Adam Silver Stopped Mavs From Playing Romo By Refusing To Honor Contract
He wasn't expected to get into the game, but there was a sliver of hope that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had a trick up his sleeve. The 37-year-old came out for warmups and not only made his lay ups, but he drained a 20-foot jumper in the face of Devin Harris .

April 19, 2017
'Fate of the Furious' Breaks Box Office Record
The film had raked up over $100 million in the first two days after which studio predicted it to be the highest grossing debut. The collections continued to grow as the movie earned Rs 41.63 crore on the opening weekend itself.

April 19, 2017
Pros And Cons Of Trading Carmelo Anthony
According to TMZ , Anthony and his wife, Alani "La La" Vazquez are now separated after almost seven years of marriage. Carmelo Anthony has tried to say all the right words since his name came up in trade rumors a few months ago.