The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will launch its new community care program Thursday implementing portions of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (the MISSION Act), which both ends the Veterans Choice Program and establishes a new Veterans Community Care Program.
The MISSION Act will allow veterans to have more options in their health care decisions.
Under the new Veterans Community Care Program, veterans can now work with their VA health care provider or other VA staff to see if they are eligible to receive community care. Eligibility for community care does not require a veteran to receive that care in the community; veterans can still choose to have VA provide their care. Veterans are eligible to choose to receive care in the community if they meet any of the following six eligibility criteria:
“We are honored to reaffirm our commitment to America’s veterans,” Paul Crews, Durham VA Health Care System director, said. “Our staff is steadfast in providing health care that meets the needs of our veterans at the right time and place.”
“We understand any transformation of this size and on such a rapid timeline is not without risk,” Crews said. “We are aiming for excellence in this effort, and we will continue to tweak and improve the process.”
Durham VA Health Care System serves approximately 70,000 North Carolina veterans every year.