House veterans' committee chairman promises 'imminent' hearing on new private-sector care rules

by Nikki Wentling
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON – The chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs plans to hold a hearing in the “imminent future” to analyze rules that the Department of Veterans Affairs publicly released Wednesday to expand veterans’ access to private doctors.

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., blasted the VA for creating the rules “in the dark of night” and announcing them without input from lawmakers and veterans organizations.

“Today’s announcement has raised more questions than answers and it is my intention to hold a full hearing of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the imminent future to fully understand how this will impact access to care for our veterans,” Takano said in a statement.

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