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VA bill clears House by 426-0

Measure lets long-wait patients get local doctors’ care

Posted: June 11, 2014 at 5:43 a.m.

Dennis Dallacqua (front) waits with other veterans Tuesday at a crisis center set up at an American Legion post in Phoenix, a first-of-its-kind operation to tackle delays experienced at Veterans Affairs medical centers. The American Legion said it will operate the crisis center in Phoenix through Friday and expects to assist hundreds of veterans, possibly extending the program to other cities.

The House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation Tuesday to make it easier for patients enduring long waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors.

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