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Senate Passes VA Bill

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The Senate has passed a bill that would allow veterans to seek care from private providers if they face long wait times at Veterans Affairs facilities. The bill would allow veterans to go to civilian doctors for two years if they live more than 40 miles from a VA treatment center. This could help veterans that live far away from the state's hospital in Fargo. The bill was a combination of two bills, which were supported by both of North Dakota's senators.

"We passed a bill through the Senate, a similar bill has passed through the House. We have to go to the conference and get them reconciled. I hope to have something done in the next several weeks, and I'm particularly pushing to get care closer to home for our vets," says Sen. Hoeven.

"We need to be vigilant about enforcing this legislation and enforcing the standards that we are setting and making sure that we never again take our eye off the ball and our veterans are hurt by that lack of attention," says Sen. Heitkamp.

A similar bill was passed in the House of Representatives this week, and the legislation will go to a conference committee.

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