Burr cites WBTV investigation in Senate testimony on VA legislation

Published: Mar. 15, 2016 at 10:35 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2016 at 11:43 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBTV) - Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) cited a recent On Your Side investigation into problems with the VA Choice Program in testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on Tuesday.

Burr was testifying before the committee in support of legislation he introduced last week with a group of Republican senators aimed at making changes to the Choice Program.

In his testimony, Burr cited the case of Marine veteran Jim Bancroft who told On Your Side Investigates about his problems receiving treatment by an outside provider through the Choice Program because the program's third-party administrator had failed to pay the private medical provider.

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"This is just one example and why I am introducing the Veterans Choice Improvement Act," Burr said. "We must fix this and we must get it right for our veterans."

Later in his testimony, Burr said he was working with Democratic senators to come to an agreement on legislation to address the Choice Program that would be included in a larger omnibus bill aimed at making improvements to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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