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Congress reaches agreement on VA reforms
Congress reaches agreement on VA reforms

With days left before the August break, congressional leaders unveiled a $17-billion bipartisan compromise Monday to fix the tattered Department of Veterans Affairs. The deal includes $10 billion in emergency funds to allow veterans to go to outside doctors if they live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or are told they must wait more than 14 days for an appointment. An additional $5 billion will be allocated to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff to address the space problems at overcrowded VA facilities. About $1.5 billion will be used to lease 27 new clinics across the country. A smaller, undetermined amount will be used to extend programs already within the healthcare...