The bipartisan VA Mission Act of 2018 (H.R. 5674), passed the Senate last week. The bill was recently approved by the House (92-5) and is expected to be signed into law by the President within a few weeks. The new bill, with overall costs estimated at $55 billion over five years, would provide $5.2 billion in funding to keep the Choice program operating for one year while the system is overhauled to consolidate seven existing community and private-care options into one program. The VA Mission Act will expand the VA Comprehensive Family Caregiver Program to Veterans injured in service prior to September 11, 2001. Nurses are condemning the Act which would allow for the VA system to be dismantled and privatized, endangering healthcare for millions of veterans. Nurses are concerned that this will jeopardize patient care in our country for veterans.Learn more about the VA Mission Act HERE.
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