Trump signs bill to continue ‘doctor choice’ program for veterans

Veterans Choice Program Extension lets vets seek care at private institutions, buys time for VA Secretary Shulkin to write a more comprehensive plan.

By Bernie Monegain

President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday that temporarily extends a program that allows some veterans to get medical care in the private sector instead of the VA’s health system.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was present at the signing in the White House.

The extension of the program gives Shulkin time to create a broader plan that would make it easier for veterans to seek care outside the VA health system.

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