Sullivan to host meetings in Alaska on veterans’ health care

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is hosting meetings in Alaska to hear from veterans on health care provided through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Listening sessions are scheduled for Aug. 24 in Fairbanks and Kenai. Sullivan’s office, in a release, said the VA undersecretary for health will attend.

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee also will hold a field hearing in Eagle River Aug. 25.

Concerns have been raised with the VA’s implementation of the national Choice Program, modeled partly on an Alaska program meant to allow veterans to receive care at non-VA facilities rather than face long wait times.

But VA has only committed to funding Alaska’s program through September. Concerns with the Choice Program in Alaska include a limited number of participating doctors and low reimbursement rates.