“One day after the Senate passed long-awaited legislation that authorizes new accountability procedures at the Veterans Affairs Department, Congress is turning its focus to the next big debate at VA: the Veterans Choice Program.
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee began Wednesday the first of many discussions on the topic. Some senators and veterans service organizations reignited a familiar debate: whether VA’s approach will spark an eventual shift toward privatizing veterans health care, and whether it’s a signal of the beginning of the end for what many see as a core function of the department.
Based on the initial debate, the coming decision won’t be an easy one.
Though there were few specific details, VA Secretary David Shulkin offered the first glimpse of his plan to redesign the current Veterans Choice Program.
He’s calling it the Veterans’ Coordinated Access Rewarding Experience (CARE) Program, and under the new initiative, veterans would no longer…”
G2X TAKE: It is still early, but this Federal News Radio article does a good job highlighting some of the movement as Shulkin and team roll out Choice plan version 2.0, now deemed the Veterans’ Coordinated Access Rewarding Experience (CARE) Program