New VA rules on access to outside care leave many unknowns

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The number of veterans eligible for health care services in their communities, using networks of private-sector providers contracted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is expected to jump this summer when regulations setting new access standards for community care become final.

Veteran service organizations and congressional committees with oversight responsibilities for VA contend that the barebone details released last week raise many more questions than they answer.

Top among them are whether VA will have the budget dollars, the complex procedures and the enhanced administrative tools in place to avoid the kind of calamitous launch that scarred the Choice program from its inception in late 2014.


Panel to review malaria drugs after veterans fall ill
Former troops who say they were sickened by the malaria drug Lariam, or mefloquine, and their advocates urged members of a scientific panel on Jan. 28, 2019, to talk to veterans and examine their medical records when considering the potential chronic health effects of malaria medications.

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