Friday
October
24
2014
2:34 am
Weather

  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 

Check out our archive of Dining Guides - Yum!

Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA
July 24, 2014, 05:00 AM The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman has offered to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Thursday that a new proposal to improve veterans' access to health care would cost less than $25 billion over three years. That is $10 billion less than a bill passed by the Senate last month and nearly $20 billion less than a House-backed measure. Both bills allow veterans to go to private doctors to avoid long wait times plaguing Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.

The Obama administration says it needs about $17.6 billion to hire thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals, lease new facilities and upgrade its computers to reduce a backlog of veterans awaiting care at VA hospitals and clinics. The administration's request does not include money to make it easier for veterans to get health care from private doctors, the biggest cost in Congress's bills.

Negotiations over a bill to bolster the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs in response to a furor over long patient wait times and falsified records to cover up the delays have bogged down over costs and how much the VA should turn to outside doctors to address the backlog.

Republicans complain that Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson's budget request is thinly documented. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of a House veterans panel, told Gibson Thursday that he was surprised that such a large request was made in a slim, three-page memo.

At a hearing Thursday, Miller told Gibson that the request "makes it very difficult for us to do our job."

Gibson said the request reflected his judgment about what the department needs to serve veterans.

 

 

Tags: veterans, request, health, gibson, billion, doctors,


Other stories from today:

Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA
Iraqis: Jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul
GM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs
 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
What is the most important issue facing the United States right now?

Ebola
Islamic State
Income gap
Russia/Ukraine
Immigration
Health care
The economy

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
White House fence jumper charged with assault
WASHINGTON — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night h..
Senators ask gov't for nationwide air bag recall
DETROIT — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with fa..
Brazilian companies raise Chiquita offer to $681M
NEW YORK — Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana ..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2014 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County notice to administer estate