VA Releases Proposed Access Standards: Community Care Expanded
Background: The recently released proposed VA access standards for care in the community – required under the VA MISSION Act – would allow Veterans to seek care in the community, if you live more than 30 minutes from a VA or must wait more than 20 days for care.
The new standards replace the 40-mile, 30-day guideline set up under the Choice program but does allow those using Choice to be grandfathered into the new system.
This poses a direct threat to VHA internal care and its funding. Congressional leaders have warned that shifting more resources to outside clinics and doctors could slowly drain away funding from the Department and lead to privatizing VA’s core mission of providing timely, high quality health care to Veterans.
Action Needed: The proposed access standards have been posted in the Federal Register for a 30-day public comment period which ends March 25th. We urge all NOVA members, and VA Nurses to voice your concerns and views on this most critical issue.
Let VA and Congress know that you believe Veterans have earned the right to timely access to high quality care, and that any Community Care Network must be able to offer the same quality that VA has demonstrated they provide. Remind them that funding for community providers should not deplete VA internal resources.
Veterans deserve the care VA has shown time after time that they provide – care that is notably better and timelier than the private sector.
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