BALTIMORE — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is launching a new Veterans Community Care Program starting June 6.
“We are honored to reaffirm our commitment to America’s Veterans,” said Dr. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., director of the VA Maryland Health Care System and a veteran with more than 30 years of service in the U.S. Navy. “Our staff is steadfast in providing health care that meets the needs of our veterans at the right time and place.”
The new program will allow veterans to have more options in their healthcare decisions.
Veterans will be able to work with their VA health care provider to see if they are eligible to receive the community care. Eligibility is based on the following criteria:
1. A Veteran needs a service not available at any VA medical facility.
2. A Veteran lives in a U.S. state or territory without a full-service VA medical facility. Specifically, this would apply to Veterans living in Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire and the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
3. A Veteran qualifies under the “grandfather” provision related to distance eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program.
4. VA cannot furnish care in a manner that complies within certain designated access standards.
5. The Veteran and the referring clinician agree it is in the best medical interest of the Veteran to receive community care based on defined factors.
6. VA has determined that a VA medical service line is not providing care in a manner that complies with VA’s standards for quality.
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