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VA News Release: VA Schedules 2 Million Appointments Using Veterans Choice Program

Recently the VA authorized its two millionth appointment under the Veterans Choice Program (VCP). While that is a milestone for a less than two year old program, the VA is ultimately asking that Congress authorize the VA to simplify and streamline the care received under the VCP.

Among Secretary Bob McDonald’s five MyVA objectives are improving the Veteran experience, improving the employee experience so the VA can better serve Veterans; and establishing a culture of continuous improvement. In the VA’s view the consolidation of community care programs could greatly benefit not only Veterans, but also VA employees and care providers.

However, this consolidation care plan must be enacted by Congressional legislation. The potential positive impacts has been presented by Deputy Secretary Gibson in November 2015 and Secretary McDonald in January 2016.

The Plan is available online at http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/resources/myva-initiative/.

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