More choices for veteran healthcare could be on the way

PHOENIX - More help could be on the way for veterans tangled up in the Veterans Administration scandal.

It's called the Veterans Choice Act.

Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain introduced a bill Tuesday that would give veterans a card they could use for outside care. It’s called the “choice card” and it would be paid for by the VA.

A veteran would qualify of he or she can't get an appointment within the VA’s wait time expectations or if they live more than 40 miles away from a VA clinic.

The card would be good for up to two years.

“Veterans will be guaranteed if a wait time is longer than it should be, they'll be able to somebody else. And that's what we've gotta do to fix this system,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R- Arizona).

The bill would also require all VA centers and clinics to publish their current wait times for appointments.

Democrats have also released a similar plan.

In the meantime, we’ve learned the American Legion will be meeting with Phoenix VA acting director Steve Young next Tuesday.

Young will be working with the American Legion to send out letters to 1,700 vets who slipped through the cracks.

Then, the American Legion will hold emergency clinics for veterans next week.

They’re calling it the “veterans crisis command center.”

It will be held at the American Legion post one at 364 N. 7th Avenue next Tuesday through Friday.

The crisis center will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on June 10, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the 11th and 12th, and 8 a.m. to noon on the 13th.

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