Flathead Beacon: Trump Signs Tester’s Bill to Improve Veterans Choice Program

President Donald Trump today signed into law U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s bipartisan legislation to begin to improve the Veterans Choice Program in Montana.

Tester’s Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act cuts red tape for veterans seeking health care closer to home by making the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs the primary payer under the Choice Program, which will reduce out-of-pocket costs for veterans and align the Choice Program with the VA’s other community care programs, according to a press release from the Democratic Montana senator’s office.

Tester’s bill recently passed both the Senate and House of Representatives unanimously, and is now one of the first pieces of legislation signed into law by President Trump, the release states.

“Montana veterans have told me time and again that they had to jump over too many hurdles with the Choice Program,” stated Tester, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “This law will take critical steps to begin to fix the Choice Program so it works for veterans and community providers across Montana. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents put politics aside and supported this bill because it cuts red tape for our veterans and improves access to health care for the folks who served. Moving forward, I will continue to work with veterans and my colleagues to reform the Choice Program so it works on the ground in Montana.”