Senate Passes Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014


After the House passed the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 on Wednesday, July 30; the Senate passed the measure on Thursday, July 31, 2014. The bill allows veterans to seek private care and adds $17 billion to the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire doctors to address long wait lists. 

Veterans enrolled in emergency care as of Aug. 1 who face long wait times, or live more than 40 miles from a VA facility could seek private care. It also gives VA $1.3 billion to open 27 new outpatient clinics, allows the VA secretary to fire top officials, allows veterans to qualify for in-state status for tuition at public colleges, and provides care for veterans who were sexually assaulted during their service.

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