Gardner Announces VA Medical Reform Benefitting Veterans

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has expanded its Veterans Choice Program eligibility, effective immediately. The Program, which had previously determined Veterans’ ability to choose nearby alternative healthcare options based on straight-line distance between a Veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility, will now use driving distance instead. 

This change will roughly double the number of Veterans eligible for the Choice Program, and newly eligible Veterans are being informed of their qualification by the VA. 

“Expanding choice in Veterans’ healthcare has been a focus of mine going back to my time in the House of Representatives,” Gardner said. “While there are still a number of reforms that need to be made to the entire VA healthcare system, allowing more Veterans to participate in the Veterans Choice Program is a commonsense change that benefits those who have given so much to our country. I’ll continue to fight for our Veterans’ access to world-class healthcare, and I’m glad that the VA has heeded calls from myself and others to expand Veterans’ choices.”