Advanced Funding for VA Health Care

The House of Representatives approved an amendment to theFRA-supported “Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act" (H.R. 1016) that will put VA health care on a two-year budget cycle and fund Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) medical accounts one year in advance. FRA addressed this issue in congressional testimony and in discussions between members of FRA’s Board of Directors and lawmakers in April. Advanced funding will ensure more timely funding for veterans’ health care delivered through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The new policy will also provide Congress with an improved ability to develop appropriation bills that provide sufficient funding to meet the best estimate of anticipated demand for VA health care services.