WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House vote on a bill that would expand private care for veterans (all times local):
6: 45 p.m.
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The House has voted to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system. It's a major shift aimed at reducing wait times and improving medical care despite the concerns of some Democrats who cast the effort as a risky step toward dismantling the agency.
The plan seeks to fulfill President Donald Trump's promise to expand private care to veterans whenever they feel unhappy with VA health care.
The bill passed 347-70.
The long-awaited measure would change how veterans receive their medical care by allowing them to go to a private physician when they felt government-run VA medical centers couldn't provide the care they needed, with the...