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VA launches new health care options under MISSION Act

08 June 2019

Under the new program, vets will now be able to work with their VA health care provider, or other VA staff, to see if they are eligible to receive community-based care.

The changes come as part of the Veterans Affairs Department's Mission Act. "Our staff is steadfast in providing health care that meets the needs of our veterans at the right time and place".

Local veterans say that this law is good news for the veteran community.

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The Phoenix VA launched a new federal program created to improve veterans' access to health care Thursday, one year after President Donald Trump signed it into law and on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings.

The final rule, published Wednesday, establishes the Veterans Community Care Program under the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (MISSION Act).

Provider and veterans groups hope the program will roll out without major glitches, unlike when the VA hastily launched the Veterans Choice program in 2014.

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Under the new rule, veterans would be eligible for community care if they must drive 30 minutes or more to a VA facility for primary care or mental health services, or 60 minutes or more for specialty care.

They'd also be eligible for private care if they have to wait 20 days or more for primary care or mental healthcare, or 28 days or more for specialty care. The Community Care program does not diminish the VA's obligation to directly provide care and continue improving its services, the agency said. Veterans served by Lebanon VAMC may call the MISSION Act Call Center at 717-272-6621 and press 6 or visit the MISSION Act information table located in the Building 17 Lobby during normal business hours through the end of June. Now, like I said before, our goal, we hope veterans don't leave the VA because we think we give great care. For more than 70 years, the organization has ensured that veterans receive the benefits earned through service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

Empowers Veterans with increased access to community care.

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For more details, veterans are encouraged to talk to their VA health care provider.

VA launches new health care options under MISSION Act