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U.S. Senate Aims to improve Healthcare for Veterans

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The U.S. Senate has passed legislation aimed at improving access of healthcare for veterans.

The bill is the byproduct of a House-Senate conference committee created back in June to address issues of accountability in the VA as well as the proximities of healthcare locations for vets.

Former Proctor & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was recently approved as the new head of the VA, following a scandal in which the VA was not providing timely healthcare to veterans.

"It provides access to more services through the VA, but also access to local healthcare providers for our veterans. So that's important," said Senator John Hoeven. "But also, accountability. It requires accountability from the VA," he added.

The bill passed the Senate by a 91-3 vote. The House of Representatives passed the bill yesterday.

The bill now goes to the President's desk for signing.

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