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Veterans could see cost savings if new bill becomes law

Veterans in Alabama and throughout the country can face many different issues as they transition from active duty in the service to civilian life, particularly if they have health issues or disabilities from their time in the military. Fortunately, our government helps veterans in many respects, and it appears that newly introduced legislation aims to provide further support to those who have served in the military.

According to a recent report, two members of Congress -- a congresswoman and a senator -- have introduced proposed legislation to make preventive care a no-cost option for veterans. Those in support of the proposed legislation have noted that similar no-cost options are available for civilians who have healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." The congresswoman who has co-sponsored the legislation has stated that this difference in options is "unconscionable."

If the legislation were to pass and be signed into law by President Trump, many medical services for those who receive care through the Department of Veterans Affairs would be available at no cost. Those potential services include: screenings for conditions, such as breast cancer or depression; immunizations; breastfeeding services and support; and preventive medications, among others.

The report indicates that the proposed legislation has bipartisan support, as well as support among several veterans groups. Such an expansion of healthcare options could be beneficial for veterans in Alabama, especially those who are disabled from injuries or illnesses they received during their time in the service. Our readers will want to track this proposed legislation to see if it ultimately becomes law.

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