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Ribble offers legislation allowing vets to get care outside VA

U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble has introduced legislation he says would give veterans greater access to health care outside the embattled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ribble, R-Sherwood, said his bill would allow veterans to receive care from a private doctor for any condition a VA facility would normally provide, as well as permit veterans to return to VA care at any time.

The legislation comes in the wake of a report detailing widespread problems at a VA facility in Phoenix. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, has called for a bipartisan investigation of the agency, while U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Weston, has called for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

"The status quo is simply unacceptable, and our veterans should not be forced to wait years for the VA to someday clean up its act," Ribble said. "They deserve timely care now."


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