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Banks Applauds Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program Becoming Law

April 19, 2017
Press Release

Fort Wayne – Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today commended President Donald Trump for signing legislation to extend the Veterans Choice program into law. The Veterans Choice program allows veterans to receive services outside the VA medical system.

“This bill ensures that the money Congress set aside for the Veterans Choice program will stay in the program while necessary reforms are made,” said Banks. “The extension of this program will give Congress time to thoughtfully reform it, so that veterans aren’t left with a gap in health care. I looking forward to working with Chairman Roe and the administration to reform and improve the Choice program.”

The Veterans Choice program was set to expire in August without the legislation signed into law today. If the program had ended in August, a significant amount of money originally set aside for the program would have been returned to the Treasury Department and veterans could have potentially been left without care. The legislation signed into law today ensures that previously allocated funds will spent on the Choice Program while the Congress works to reform the program.

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Media inquiries may be directed to Anna Swick at anna.swick@mail.house.gov .