DAV discusses VA plan for community care programs before Senate

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In early December, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing to consider VA’s plan to consolidate its existing seven community care programs into one unified effort. DAV participated in this hearing as a partner in the Independent Budget (IB) and addressed several questions by Senators dealing with this VA reform.

“The VA is at a crossroads that will determine how it will carry out its mission to America’s veterans,” said DAV National Legislative Director Joy Ilem. “The Independent Budget will continue working to ensure that our nation’s veterans receive high-quality, accessible, comprehensive, and veteran-centric health care designed around their needs and preferences.”

Historically, all of VA’s programs to buy care in the community operated under their own specific set of requirements creating a complex and confusing landscape for veterans, VA employees, and community providers. Transformation of VA’s community care program should address gaps in veterans’ healthcare in a more effective and stream-lined manner.