The VA Choice program has allowed hundreds of thousands of veterans to receive timely and adequate care without excessive appointment wait times or travel requirements.
Support permanent enactment of this program to provide continued access to necessary medical care for veterans across the nation.
While many veterans feel they receive adequate health care services from VA facilities and staff, others require care at outside facilities due to geographic location, ability to travel, or the need for subspecialty care not provided by local VA facilities. Additionally, many veterans choose to use the Choice program to seek care due to the ongoing negative media coverage and perceived reputation of VA.
United Spinal and its VetFirst program is proud to support Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chair, Senator Johnny Isakson’s VA MISSION Act of 2018 (S. 2372) and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair, Representative Phil Roe’s H.R. 5674. This legislation provides funding for veterans to receive wider access to medical facilities and providers for service-connected, and non-service-connected illnesses and injuries, until a permanent community care program is established within VA.
S. 2372/H.R. 5674:
- establishes a Community Care Program at the VA;
- sets clear healthcare access guidelines and standards for quality care;
- provides education and training programs on health care options to veterans and VA and non-VA personnel;
- expands the family caregiver program at the VA; and,
- works towards establishing a high-performing integrated healthcare network
VETSFIRST REQUEST TO SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES
Cosponsor and pass legislation that will provide permanent funding to bolster the VA Choice program, and nurture existing health care opportunities available to Veterans across the nation. Senate sponsor: Johnny Isakson R-GA. House Sponsor, HR 5674: Phil Roe R-TN.
United Spinal and VetsFirst Supports the VA MISSION Act, S. 2372/H.R. 5674.