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Health Care Act Helps Veterans

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Finding medical care close to home can be challenging in western North Dakota, especially for veterans.

It's called the Veterans Choice Act, and Senator John Hoeven says it could cut down on a lot of those long, time-consuming trips to the VA clinics that are scattered around the state.

Wait times can be long at community-based VA clinics, and a VA facility can be hundreds of miles away for some, so this bill would allow veterans access to health care providers in their "community," even if those providers are non-VA facilities.

"If it makes sense in terms of convenience for the vet and they're not able to get in the VA or into the C-BOC, the walk-in clinic, they should be able to access that local healthcare institution to make sure they get the care they need," says Hoeven.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp announced today that she is pushing for a bill that would address many of the improper scheduling practices in the VA health care system, and give the VA more authority to remove executives because of poor performance.

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