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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, pressed the Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson this week during a VA Hearing on Consolidating non-VA Care Programs. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) followed-up Sen. Moran’s questioning with an exchange to get clarification for Kansas VA facilities.

Veterans in Kansas and across the country continue to face hurdles because of the flawed implementation of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act). Sec. Gibson yesterday agreed that if a veteran lives within 40 miles of a facility but can’t get the service they need, they are eligible for Choice. Additionally, if the clinic is not open full-time, they can utilize the Choice Program. Sen. Moran expects an update from the VA that follows through on the agreement made on implementation of the Choice Act in Kansas.