Washington, DC – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ announcement to adjust and expand the “40 mile rule” that give veterans the choice to receive health care from private facilities if the closest VA facility from their home is further than 40 miles.
“For veterans in our community, Sepulveda is often the closest VA comprehensive health care facility that provides the care they require. But being 1-2 hours away is a major logistical barrier that hampers the ability for our veterans to receive that care. That is why offering veterans choice to seek private care that is closer to their homes was a big part of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability (CHOICE) Act. However, the VA’s rigid definition of distance eligibility still left many in our community ineligible for the program. After pressure from Congress, the VA smartly made the commonsense adjustments to open the program for many vets that live in our community, and communities across the country, that face long distances to receive VA care. This announcement is a small but important step to reforming the VA for a 21st Century so that the promises made to our veterans for their selfless service are kept.”