UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. President Donald Trump has signed legislation that paves the way for a major overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs and expands veterans’ access to private health-care services.
The bill, signed into law on June 6, will give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the troubled Veterans Affairs system.
Proponents of the bill, known as the VA MISSION Act, say that it will reduce wait times and improve care by steering more patients to the private sector.
Critics argue that it will cause VA health care costs to balloon out of control.
Despite the bill’s passage, questions still remain about how the plan will be funded.
A bipartisan group of senators is seeking to pay for the law by a boost in federal spending. However, the White House argues that the program should be paid for by cutting spending elsewhere at the VA and other areas of the government.