Pres. Signs VA Bill

Pres. Obama today signed the bill to make changes to the Vet­er­ans Admin­is­tra­tion. It pro­vides $16.3 bil­lion so the Va can hire thou­sands of doc­tors, nurses and other health pro­fes­sion­als at close to 1,000 of the agency’s hos­pi­tals and out­pa­tient clin­ics nation­wide. The law also changes employ­ment rules, mak­ing it eas­ier for senior exec­u­tives to be fired if their per­for­mance is found lack­ing or because of neg­li­gence. The leg­is­la­tion also has $10-billion to be spent over 3-years to pay pri­vate doc­tors and other health pro­fes­sion­als to care for qual­i­fy­ing vet­er­ans who can’t get timely appoint­ments at VA facil­i­ties, or who live more than 40-miles away from one.