One month after Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie declined additional cash from Congress for coronavirus response, nearly $20 billion is headed VA's way as part of lawmakers' latest emergency spending package.
The new funding package for VA includes about $19.7 billion for medical, IT and other department needs.
Last week, Congress passed a virus response spending package that included $60 million for VA COVID-19 testing.
Also last week, the president asked for another $13.1 million for the Veterans Health administration to cover "healthcare treatment costs, testing kits, temporary intensive care unit bed conversion and expansion, and personal protective equipment in response to coronavirus." The proposal also would allow VA to move money from its medical services account to the medical community care account, to help pay for veterans' care at VA's network of community care providers.