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House passes VA health care measure

Bill would let veterans getting inadequate treatment see private doctors

By HOPE YEN The Associated Press

This article was originally published May 17, 2018 at 3:36 a.m. Updated May 17, 2018 at 3:37 a.m.

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In this May 9, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump holds up an executive order he signed as he is surrounded by first lady Melania Trump, second from right, Karen Pence, right, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, third from left, Ivanka Trump, fourth from left, and others during a celebration of military mothers and spouses event in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The House is set to give veterans more leeway to see doctors outside the Department of Veterans Affairs' health system. It's part of an effort to fulfill President Donald Trump's promise to expand private care for veterans. The long-awaited plan is set for a House vote later Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The House voted Wednesday to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system, a shift aimed at reducing wait times and improving medical care despite the concerns of some Democrats who cast it as a risky step toward dismantling the struggling agency.

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