04.14.16

Gardner Supports Bill to Improve Veterans Choice Program

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he is cosponsoring the Veterans Choice Improvement Act, a bill that addresses the systemic issues plaguing the Veteran’s Choice Program. This legislation makes the Choice Program permanent, ensures it is funded in advance, and consolidates the litany of existing programs. The legislation also encourages non-VA providers to participate in the program by instituting a new claims processing system to ensure medical providers are properly reimbursed in a timely manner.

“Congress passed the Choice Program with the goal of fixing the broken system and improving veterans’ access to care. Unfortunately, the agency’s mismanagement of this program has led to denial of care or delayed care for many Colorado veterans,” said Gardner. “I have repeatedly called on the VA to address the Choice Program’s poor implementation, and the Veterans Choice Improvement Act aims to solve the problems facing the VA by consolidating confusing programs, resolving claims processing issues, and allowing veterans to see their local providers. I will continue to work with my colleagues to hold the VA accountable and find solutions that will provide veterans with the health care they need and deserve.” 

Background:

  • Gardner has pressed for VA accountability since before his time in the Senate. Recently, he spoke out against the VA’s poor implementation of the Choice Program. 
  • In February, Gardner sent a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald demanding answers from the VA after receiving a number of complaints about the VA’s failure to reimburse medical providers for their services to veterans in a timely manner. 
  • Gardner released a statement in March urging the VA to continue to improve the Choice Program and bring real change that benefits veterans. 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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