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VA Reform Bill Passes in House and Senate

A bill aimed at giving veterans more options for medical care in response to the VA scandal has passed in the House and Senate.

SOUTH BELOIT- The House of Representatives and Senate passed the Veterans Access to Care Act.

"It’s long overdue," said Korean War Veteran Richard Scanlan.

He personally knows a local veteran who has waited months for blood clot treatment at the Madison VA hospital. 

"Now they finally, he called his senator or rep and he got a call, next week for Madison and they scheduled him for an appointment. But it's been six months," explained Scanlan.

The legislation allows veterans who experience long wait times for appointments to receive care outside VA facilities.

"I think it's terrible. The veterans have given so much for this country and I think the best thing they can do is take care of them after they come home,” said Gail Scanlan.

An internal veteran’s affairs audit found that tens of thousands of newly returned veterans waited 90 days for medical care. The act aims to solve the backlog by giving vets more flexibility to find health care.

"I think anyway they can possibly support the vets is the way to go," said Scanlan.

The bill passed in the House of Representatives unanimously. It passed in the Senate with a 93-1 vote.


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