President Obama signs VACA Act to help the VA system

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Updated: 8/07/2014 11:27 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. ( & KRNV) -- President Obama was in Virginia today to sign the Veteran's Access, Choice and Accountability Act.

The legislation passed both Houses of Congress with overwhelming support. It is designed to improve access to care and reduce the long waits many veterans have experienced when trying to see a doctor.

The act provides resources for the Department of Veteran's Affairs to hire more physicians, and makes it easier for veterans to see doctors in community-based, non-VA facilities. "We also have extraordinary numbers of veterans coming home," said President Obama. "So the demand, even though we've increased the VA budget, is still higher than the resources we've got. This bill helps to address that."

The law came in response to reports earlier this year documenting scheduling problems and treatment delays at VA health clinics. An internal investigation found that 57,000 veterans across the country waited more than 90 days for an appointment, and 64,000 who requested care never even got onto a VA waiting list.
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