Ongoing Veteran Program Receives Funding

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump signed a continuing resolution authorizing $2.1 billion to extend the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) in 2018.1 This is a temporary funding solution that will enable the VCP to continue providing veterans access to health care within their communities.

The VCP program was set up to allow Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities to refer veterans to community providers when (1) VA services are unavailable, (2) the beneficiary resides more than 40 miles from the closest VA medical facility with a full-time primary care provider, (3) the wait time for a scheduled appointment is more than 30 days from the clinically indicated date and (4) the veteran must travel by air, boat or ferry to the VA medical facility closest to his or her home.2

Veterans already enrolled in VA health care may be eligible to take advantage of the VCP program in lieu of waiting for a VA appointment or having to travel to a VA facility. Special consideration also may be given to beneficiaries facing excessive burdens such as geographic challenges, environmental factors or medical conditions.3

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1 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dec. 22, 2017. “Update: Exhaustion of Choice Funds Notice.” Accessed Dec. 26, 2017.

2 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “For Veterans: Am I Eligible?” Accessed Jan. 11, 2018.

3 Ibid.

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