Tales of the McCabe: Bergman, Mace Bill Protects, Expands Trump-Era VA Reforms

One of President Donald J. Trump’s most significant accomplishments in his first term was overhauling the Veterans Affairs Department, specifically reforming and upgrading medical care for veterans.

Central to those Trump reforms was the policy that allowed veterans to seek treatment in the private economy when treatment was unavailable or not timely at the veteran’s local V.A. health facility, with the 2017 Veterans Choice Act and then the 2018 MISSION Act.

For the first time, veterans were empowered to participate with their V.A. medical professionals in their medical plans, and the whole V.A. mindset changed as vets were no longer expected to drive more than 30 minutes for routine care or wait more than 20 days for routine care appointments.