Proposed VA Budget Will Not Expand Private Care Funding, Officials Say

Roughly a fifth of President Donald Trump’s proposed $87 billion fiscal 2020 budget for Department of Veterans Affairs medical care would go to its community-care programs, an allocation VA officials say is consistent with previous years and not an expansion of private care.

Eager to point out that the VA is committed to providing the majority of its health care services to veterans within its own medical facilities, officials said Monday the department has budgeted for an increase in care both at VA facilities and in the private sector for fiscal 2020 and 2021.

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