In This Issue:
- Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal on Veteran Affairs Bill
- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
- Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives
- Other Congressional and State Initiatives
- Other Health Care News
- Upcoming Hearings and Markups
- Excerpt from Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal on Veteran Affairs Bill:
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL), the respective chairmen of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees, capped off a month and a half worth of negotiations this weekend to bridge competing bills that would reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The details of the compromise will be announced this afternoon (July 28) and are expected to focus on increasing access to health care services from outside the VA through agreements and also standardizing telehealth services, increased focus on technology and data-reporting initiatives, and also increasing the number of major medical facility leases the VA can enter into. Additionally, the legislation would focus on alleviating the staffing shortage through graduate medical education (GME) reforms that would increase scholarship and GME slot opportunities.
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