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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Tipton Provision to Improve Veteran Access to Local Healthcare Signed Into Law

June 6, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) today released the following statement after President Trump signed into law the VA MISSION Act, which includes a provision from his Veterans Improved Access and Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 4642) to expand access to local healthcare options.

“The service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans make them more than deserving of quality local healthcare,” said Tipton. “Unfortunately, I still hear stories of Colorado’s veterans who have been forced to wait days, and even months, to receive the care that they have earned or travel unnecessarily long distances for an appointment. This is unacceptable. The signing of this important bill into law will help remove obstacles that veterans have repeatedly faced when trying to receive timely medical care.”

Under the CHOICE Act, a veteran is only able to seek care from a medical professional outside the VA system if they have waited 30 days for an appointment or live more than 40 miles away from a VA facility.

Tipton’s provision adjusts the CHOICE Act by eliminating the arbitrary 30-day, 40-mile eligibility rule, allowing veterans full access to private and local medical care regardless of situation or location.

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Senate companion bill to H.R. 4642.

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