Ten Things About The Veterans Choice Program

The Veterans Choice Program (VCP) is a benefit that allows eligible Veterans to receive health care from a community provider rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility.

Read about eligibility for the program, how to make an appointment if eligible, how to get prescriptions filled if you use the Veterans Choice Program, co-payments and more: http://bit.ly/2u3rTdp

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VA Secretary Seeks Choice Card Extension to Ensure Better Care Access for Vets

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin recently said  that the VA’s Choice Card program needs to be reauthorized to ensure better medical care access for vets. He also promised major changes are coming soon. The Choice Card program, enabling veterans to seek medical care outside the VA system, is set to expire this summer even though money for the program may still be available. Secretary Shulkin is urging lawmakers not to delay program extension.

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Lawmakers agree to help Veterans Agency fill a budget gap

The Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said at a hearing on Thursday that he would work with other lawmakers to help cover a significant VA budget gap. This would potentially include legislation allowing the VA to shift money from the “Choice Card” program to cover a $2.5 billion budget shortfall that would otherwise threaten medical care for many patients in coming months.

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to look into VA’s 40-mile rule.

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will examine how the VA is implementing a new program that allows veterans to get private medical care.

The panel will hold an oversight hearing on March 24 to examine the criteria the department is using as part of the “choice card” effort.

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Veterans Affairs Choice Card Deadline Nears

Congress last August gave the Department of Veteran Affairs 90 days to issue medical “Choice Cards” to 9.1 million veterans enrolled in VA care.   The card will ensure that veterans have access to private sector health care if they reside more than 40 miles from a VA clinic or hospital, or if they face unacceptable waits, usually longer than 30 days, to access VA healthcare.  The guarantee, centerpiece of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, will be a challenge to deliver in …

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