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Shulkin proposes eliminating 40-mile, 30-day rule for non-VA care

By NIKKI WENTLING: Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Sunday proposed eliminating a controversial policy that limits veterans from receiving private-sector health care. High on Shulkin’s list was redesigning the Veterans Choice Program into what he called “Choice 2.0.”  His plan would include removing the rule that allows veterans to go outside the VA for health care if they had to wait more than 30 days for an appointment or live more than 40 miles driving distance from a VA facility. Some veterans and lawmakers have criticized the 40-mile, 30-day rule for limiting veterans’ health care choices, and Shulkin called the program “extremely complex and bureaucratic.” Read more here: http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/shulkin-proposes-eliminating-40-mile-30-day-rule-for-non-va-care-1.456087#.WL7xo5WQzcv