Washington, Aug 8 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Thursday signed into law a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care. The $16.3 billion reform bill that was passed overwhelmingly by the Congress with bipartisan majorities provides the country’s veterans affairs department with additional resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans, Xinhua reported. The act came months after revelations of “inexcusable misconduct at some veterans’ affairs health care facilities,” the US president said. Since April, the veterans’ healthcare scandal triggered by a hospital run by the department where 40 veterans allegedly died while waiting for treatment, has revealed broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system, which provides medical care to millions of veterans annually.
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