U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo has re-introduced his “Vets Health ID Act” to create a pilot program in South Jersey for eligible vets to receive hospital care and medical services at non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. The legislation is intended to give South Jersey veterans more choices for health care and complete reforms begun by Congress last year. Under current regulations, veterans must meet specific criteria to use a non-VA facility, including living outside 40 miles of VA medical facilities and outpatient clinics. LoBiondo’s bill would eliminate those criteria, and establish a pilot program that would issue eligible veterans unique ID cards for the expanded services.