Monday, 19 August, 2019

Upton previews VA Mission Act; Battle Creek VA workers rally against

New VA rules allow more veterans to see private doctors, urgent care Starting today, vets get access to urgent care, expanded access to medical care under new law
Samantha Long | 08 June, 2019, 18:31

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.

It's my priority as the Ranking Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations to oversee the VA's implementation of this new law. And we need to fill VHA's 43,000 vacancies-doctors, nurses, mental health clinicians, and other front-line support staff - in order to ensure that there is the necessary number of dedicated personnel wanting to make a career out of serving our nation's veterans.

Starting June 6 the care for the approximately 26,000 veterans that use the Tomah VA will change. Even if they are eligible, they can still choose to have the VA provide their care.

A program launched this week aims to broaden access for veterans seeking medical care outside the network of hospitals and clinics run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Under the new Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION Act), the VA will pay for covered veterans to have access to non-VA primary care, mental health care, or non-institutional extended care if the average driving time for the veteran to a VA health care provider is 30 minutes, or if the veteran has to wait at least 20 days to see a VA health care provider.

A veteran qualifies under the "grandfather" provision related to distance eligibility under the Veterans Choice Program. Coverage is also offered for specialty services when the wait is longer than 28 days or an hour drive. Those have been major problems for the previous Veterans Choice program, which ends when the new program begins.

Blues' Sundqvist suspended for Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final
Marchand was a monster in that Game 7 with two goals and one assist. "They're a really good line, you know", Bergeron said. Obviously not happy with the hit, head coach Bruce Cassidy was also upset with his team's response to the hit on Grzelcyk.

"We are honored to reaffirm our commitment to America's Veterans", said Butler VA's Director Jon Lasell.

Under the MISSION Act's Veterans Community Care Program, veterans can expect a variety of improvements.

Empowers Veterans with increased access to community care.

Non-VA providers hope the program will improve their ability to share patient data with VA facilities and receive timely payment for serving veterans.

Officials at the VA say they are confident things will go smoothly.

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