Legislation To Continue Veterans Choice Program Signed Into Law

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin informed Congress of an impending shortfall in funds for the Veterans Choice Program in June. In response, House and Senate VA committee leaders worked together to pass the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize and appropriate funding for the VA to continue the Veterans Choice Program and strengthen VA care. House and Senate leaders applauded the signing of the critical legislation by President Trump to ensure veterans have access to health care …

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Highlights Ongoing VA Initiatives

Reforming and modernizing the Veterans Affairs Department was the topic as VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin addressed a full house of veterans at the American Veterans National Convention. Shulkin spoke to veterans and their families regarding his priorities for the VA, including what is being done to streamline the disability claims process, update theVeterans Choice Program and make VA more accountable to veterans and the public.

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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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Veterans Coordinated Access and Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Program

Veteran Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin has presented more details on his plan to overhaul the current Veterans Choice Program and improve health care delivery. The new proposal would consolidate all purchased care programs into a single community care program called Veterans Coordinated Access and Rewarding Experiences (CARE). According to the Secretary, the Veterans CARE proposal would clarify and simplify eligibility requirements, build high performing networks, streamline clinical and administrative processes, and implement new care coordination support for veterans”.

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VA Warns About Veterans Choice Program Scammers

There’s a phone line that has been set up to scam veterans who happen to misdial the Veterans Choice Program phone number. The only difference between the phone numbers is the area code, warns the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Choice Program phone number is 1-866-606-8198. The scammer’s number replaces 866 with 800. Their objective is to get your credit card information.

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Warning Regarding Fake Veterans Choice Program Phone Line

VA is taking action in response to a phone line that appears to be set up to take advantage of Veterans who misdial the Veterans Choice Program phone line.  The two phone lines differ only in area code. The correct Choice Program phone line is 1-866-606-8198, while the imposter phone line is using 1-800-606-8198. The fake line does not provide information on the Choice Program or its eligibility criteria, instead it claims to offer callers a $100 rebate if they provide a credit card number.

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VA Statement on the Inspector General’s Review of the Veterans Choice Program

Veterans Affairs (VA) has made significant improvements since the inception of the Veterans Choice Program.  In response to the Office of Inspector General’s review of the program, VA states that they are moving in the right direction, towards an integrated healthcare network that improves Veterans’ healthcare experience.  VA recognizes that even with improvements, more work needs to be done.

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Goals

In the first Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing of the 115th Congress the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Johnny Isakson, vowed that the committee will continue to work in the bipartisan fashion that has allowed for past success.  Isakson laid out his goals for reforming the Veterans Choice program and significantly lowering wait times on veterans’ appeals while continuing to work to empower veterans’ accessibility to health care.

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VA Schedules Two Million Appointments Using Veterans Choice Program

VA’s Veterans Choice Program has reached a key milestone in improving access to health care for Veterans. More than two million appointments have been scheduled through the program.  “While two million appointments have been scheduled using the Choice Program and we are making progress, we will not rest until all Veterans who choose VA to be their healthcare provider are receiving the care they need, when they need it,” said VA Secretary Bob McDonald.

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Veterans Affairs Department Opposes Expansion of Choice Program

The Veterans Affairs Department opposes efforts to expand the Veterans Choice program and instead wants permission  from  Congress to roll several private care programs into the Choice benefit.  VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson told members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that a pending bill to let any enrolled veteran use the Choice program would  divert resources from internal VA care and erode the VA’s ability to address the special needs of veterans.

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