Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedInEmail this to someone

Last Wednesday the President of the United States “extended” the Veterans Choice Act, which essentially taps Congress to open the program up further, and give more veterans the opportunity to opt for private care — rather than be forced to seek professionals within the Department of Veterans Affairs’ network alone.

The act was due to expire in August.

POTUS putting his signature on the bill means the program’s remaining $950 million will go into effect.

More from Military.com:

The Choice Card program allowed vets facing lengthy wait times at Veterans Administration facilities or living more than 40 miles from the nearest VA to seek care in the private sector. Those already in the program will not need to re-apply under the bill signed by Trump, VA officials said.

The new bill — the Veterans Choice Improvement Act — addressed a major complaint of veterans service organizations by directing the VA to cover co-pays and deductibles directly for private care rather than reimbursing veterans for paying up front.

“So this is called the Choice Program Improvement Act. It speaks for itself. This bill will extend and improve the Veterans Choice Program so that more veterans can see the doctor of their choice — you got it? The doctor of their choice — and you don’t have to wait and travel long distances for VA care,” said Trump.