VA watchdog: multibillion-dollar program ‘cumbersome’ for veterans

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BY NIKKI WENTLING

An internal watchdog at the Department of Veterans Affairs released findings this week confirming what many veterans and lawmakers already knew: the $10 billion Veterans Choice Program created to give veterans access to private health care has been “cumbersome” and “confusing” to use.

The program was established by Congress in 2014, following discoveries veterans were suffering with long waits for care at VA facilities. The nominee for VA Secretary, David Shulkin, who worked as the VA’s undersecretary of health, was responsible for implementing it. Because of his involvement, the report – and the program’s deficiencies, in general – was questioned Wednesday during Shulkin’s Senate confirmation hearing.

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