President Trump is signing appropriations legislation that will provide $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA.
The legislation provides $73.1 billion for medical care for 7 million patients, including:
$8.6 billion for mental health services
$400 million for opioid abuse prevention
$206 million for suicide prevention outreach
$270 million for rural veterans’ health initiatives
The legislation provides an additional $1.75 billion above the amount already enacted for FY 2019 to improve ongoing healthcare services and to fund certain VA MISSION Act programs.
The legislation includes $1.1 billion to modernize the VA’s electronic health record system, a desperately needed improvement to provide seamless care to those transitioning from service.
Oversight and accountability will be strengthened to ensure VA dollars are being used to the best benefit of our veterans.
The legislation accelerates compensation claims processing for more than 450,000 veterans.