The new and improved Community Care Program launched by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is now up and running.
The VA’s new Community Care Program includes implementing new portions of the MISSION Act of 2018, which stands for Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks.
VA officials say the MISSION Act will strengthen the nationwide VA Health Care System by “empowering veterans to have more options in their health care decisions.” The new programs will replace the Veterans Choice Program and establishes a new Veterans Community Care Program.
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. Even if they are eligible, they can still choose to have the VA provide their care.
Butler VA Director John Lasell says help is available to determine if vets are eligible to participate in the program.
The goal of the VA MISSION Act is to strengthen the VA’s ability to recruit and retain doctors; expand tele-health options across state lines; and increase access to community care for veterans.
“We are honored to reaffirm our commitment to America’s Veterans,” said Butler VA’s Director Jon Lasell. “Our staff is steadfast in providing health care that meets the needs of our Veterans at the right time and place.”
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