The Senate on Wednesday passed reform legislation that expands veterans’ access to long-term care and eliminates a 40-mile rule, which often required travel for health care.
“Our veterans shouldn’t have to travel across the state just to receive the care they need,” said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. “Our legislation will help make more long-term care services available to our veterans, provides caregiver benefits regardless of when the veteran served and eliminates the 30-day, 40-mile rule under the Veterans Choice Program. That means veterans will be better able to seek services from local providers, both for long-term care and medical care, and the friends and family who care for veterans will receive better support.”
The bill previously passed in the House of Representatives on Monday and will now go to the president to be signed into law.
“The VA is a vital resource for the men and women who serve our country,” said Rep. Kevin Cramer, who voted in support of the legislation. “Congress is taking steps toward eliminating waste and fraud within this agency so veterans receive the benefits they earned. We owe it to them to ensure their needs are being met.”