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Senate Passes VA Healthcare Bill

Senate Passes VA Healthcare Bill
(AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:28 PM

The Senate passed legislation that will expand veterans' healthcare choices by a landslide vote Wednesday, sending the bill to the White House for signing.

The $52 billion VA Mission Act is designed to give veterans improved access to care. The Senate voted 92-5 in favor of it, according to The Hill.

The House passed the legislation May 16.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. The day of the House vote last week, he called on Congress to pass the bill before Memorial Day in a tweet that echoed a similar one he posted earlier in the month.

Nearly 40 veterans groups supported the bill, including Concerned Veterans for America (CVA).

"This bill is a win for the millions of veterans who rely on the VA for their healthcare and we are delighted to see it go to the president's desk," CVA executive director Dan Caldwell said in an emailed statement.

"While there is still much more to be done, we are very thankful for the efforts of so many who have prioritized our veterans and got this bill across the finish line. This is a strong step forward and our grassroots army will be watching closely to see that this is implemented so our veterans get the care and choice they deserve."

The VA has dealt with several problems in recent years, including a waitlist scandal that led to the death of several dozen veterans and unsanitary conditions at VA facilities nationwide.

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The $52 billion VA Mission Act heads to President Donald Trump to sign it into law after the Senate voted 92-5 in favor of it, The Hill reported.
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