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VA to Expand Health Clinic Capacity, Tap Private Centers

health infosecThe Department of Veterans Affairs will expand the capacity of some clinic and open centers in private health facilities as part of efforts to ensure timely care for veterans, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Josh Hicks writes the VA plans to contact veterans on a waiting list three times, schedule earlier appointments with patients or refer them to private health centers.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) plans to propose a bill for veterans on a waiting list for more than 30 days to seek private health services, according to the Post.

The department intends for the new initiative to reinforce healthcare access in its system and maintain alternatives in the private sector in case of delays, the Post reports.

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