NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - The Virginia congressional delegation has sent a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin stating that the VA owes providers millions of dollars for veterans who sought treatment outside the VA system.
The Daily Press reports that a letter the delegation sent on Oct. 3 urged Shulkin to develop a long-term solution aimed at ensuring that payments are made within 30 days of receiving an invoice. It also points out that health care providers in Virginia are re-evaluating whether they can deliver services under Veterans Choice.
Veterans Choice allows former service members to seek care in the community if they have to wait too long for an appointment or live far from a VA facility.
In August, President Donald Trump authorized $2.1 billion in additional funds for Veterans Choice.