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Trump Plan will allow veterans to get their care from Medicare doctors

Vets will be able to get care from any doc of facility that treats Medicare patients

Veteran being briefed on health benefitsNov. 2, 2015 - All U.S. military veterans can go to any doctor that treats Medicare patients to receive healthcare, according the campaign proposal yesterday by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

They will no longer have to be through the Veterans Administration health system and it is the centerpiece of his overhauling of the Department of Veterans Affairs


“Under a Trump Administration, all veterans eligible for VA health care can bring their veteran’s ID card to any doctor or care facility that accepts Medicare to get the care they need immediately,” says information on his campaign website.

Below is coverage by some of the major U.S. news sources.

The Washington Post: Trump Announces Plan To Improve Veterans’ Health Care
Billed as “the Trump Plan” in keeping with the billionaire developer’s habit of naming things after himself, the initiative would allow veterans to get medical care from any doctors or medical facilities that accept Medicare. It also would give veterans education benefits, business loans, job training and placement services to ease their transition from battlefield to civilian life. The plan was cheered by veterans in the crowd, which the campaign estimated at more than 5,000. (Vozzella, 10/31)

The Associated Press: Trump Releases Plan Aimed At Improving Veterans' Care
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released a plan on Saturday aimed at overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs and improving veterans' health care and employment services. Under Trump's plan, eligible veterans would be able to bring their veterans' identification cards to any private doctor or facility that accepts Medicare and be able to receive immediate treatment. The change, he said, would help improve wait times and services by adding competition. (Colvin, 11/1)

NBC News: Donald Trump Gets Specific On Veteran's Affairs Policy Reform Plan
Donald Trump proposed a series of reforms to the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs on Saturday, delving deep into the specifics of his plan for nearly half an hour at a rally in Virginia before releasing the documents online a few hours later. (Vitali, 10/31)

Fox News: Donald Trump Vows To Take On ‘Corrupt’ Veterans Affairs
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a new pitch Saturday to veterans, promising them that he’ll take on the “corrupt” and "incompetent” Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump told a crowd of supporters in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., that the department is mismanaged and "not efficient. (Snyder, 10/31)

Some of this information is reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up for email delivery. Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

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