Veterans Now Have Options if They Live Away From VA Medical Facilities
The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs has announced a new Veterans Access program, designed to help Veterans to receive non-VA health care rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility.
Launched November 5, 2014, the new Choice Program will begin to cover non-VA care for eligible Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans are eligible if any of these situations apply:
- Has been told by local VA medical facility that you will need to wait more than 30 days from your preferred date or the date medically determined by your physician.
- Need to travel by plane or boat to the VA medical facility closest to your home.
- Face a geographic challenge, such as extensive distances around water or other geologic formations, such as mountains, which presents a significant travel hardship.
- Current residence is more than 40 miles from the closest VA health care facility.
To set up an appointment with a non-VA provider, call the VA at 866-606-8198 and we will work with you to ensure you are approved for care in your community.
Additional Program Information
- The Choice Program does not impact your existing VA health care or any other VA benefit.
- If you are satisfied with your wait time at a VA facility and wish to continue waiting for VA care, there is nothing you need to do at this time.
- Non-VA care is only covered by VA for medical needs which have been approved by your VA physician. We can happily schedule an appointment for other medical needs, but the we can only cover the cost of care related to your VA-approved health needs.
- The Veteran Choice Program is part of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA).
Note: If you do not receive approval, you may be responsible for some or all of the costs of the non-VA treatment you receive.