KTVF: Murkowski Presses For Better VA Care In Alaska

Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski continued to press the leadership of the Department of Veterans' Affairs over issues with the current VA healthcare system in Alaska.

Following up on her discussions about the failings of the "Choice Card" Program in Alaska, she questioned VA Secretary Robert McDonald on the lessons learned from his August 2015 visit to the state, whether or not he understands the unique challenges veterans in Alaska face, and his plans to fix those issues.

Secretary McDonald said that the VA is working to replicate Alaska's unique "Care Closer to Home" program.

Murkowski told the Secretary "So what I need to hear from you is that you agree that where we were before choice came on is where we can get back to and that's the direction that you want to take us."

McDonald replied "That's certainly the direction I want to take it and I am going to make sure that that is built into any bill because I saw the Alaska system and it worked and it is. It was choice... it did provide choice."

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By:  jrlewis

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