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Report: Lawmakers Reach Bipartisan Deal for VA Health System Overhaul

CongressThe House’s and Senate’s veterans affairs committee leaders have agreed on a measure to address appointment backlog problems at VA hospitals, Federal Times reported Monday.

Kelly Kennedy writes the deal reached by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) calls for hiring of additional medical professionals to reduce long wait times for military veterans.

Both chambers introduced bills that would allow veterans and their families to receive medical care from non-VA clinicians, according to the publication.

Federal Times reports that Sloan Gibson, acting VA secretary, seeks $17.6 billion in additional funding to improve the agency’s care system.

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