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Improve Access and Quality of VA Health Care

Our View

Veterans deserve access to quality health care in a timely manner. In 2021, Congress should ensure the bipartisan VA MISSION Act is implemented as designed and eligible veterans can access community care. While many significant deadlines in the law have passed; sections of the law remain in the early stages of implementation and require ongoing oversight by policymakers. To continue to modernize the VA health care system, Congress should support providing maximum health care choice for our nation’s veterans and examine eligibility for VA health services.

Congress Should

Preserve VA MISSION Act Progress

Give Full Health Care Choice. Veterans deserve to have greater decision-making over their health care. CVA supports creative alternative models like the Veterans’ True Choice Act that utilizes a TRICARE-style care delivery model to give full health care choice to service-connected veterans.

Examine Health Care Eligibility. The Commission on Care recommendation #18 recommended the VA determine who and what services the VA is best positioned to provide for veterans. The Modernizing Veterans’ Healthcare Eligibility Act would accomplish this goal. The veteran population is changing rapidly and assembling more data and an expert panel to provide policy reform recommendations is needed.

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