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The Department of Veterans Affairs is limiting access to the VA MISSION Act’s community care options.

Wait times at the VA are increasing, and to ensure veterans can receive quality and timely care the VA should expand health care delivery options by increasing the use of telemedicine and community care.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues around the country, the VA should be focused on removing barriers for veterans to receive health care, not creating barriers.

Tell Washington to allow veterans to access the community care options they deserve!

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The Issue

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. In the middle of a global pandemic, the VA should be using all the tools Congress gave it to afford veterans quality and timely care. It is alarming to hear the pandemic has resulted in nearly 20 million canceled appointments at the VA and millions of those lack any indication of follow-up from the VA to reschedule.

But the issue goes further than that.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many veterans have learned, even with the VA MISSION Act, they lack health care choice. Veterans should have the freedom to choose where they take their health care benefit based on what suits their unique needs.

The Solution

Wait times and appointment backlogs will only grow unless the VA leverages the options given by the VA MISSION Act to provide care via community providers. In addition to ensuring adequate network capacity to meet the needs of the veteran population, Congress should also keep a close eye on VA and community care wait times to make sure appointments are being fulfilled and veterans are able to get the care they need in a timely manner.

There are also bills working through Congress that would provide veterans more or full freedom to make the health care decisions that best suit their unique situations. Bills like Rep. Greg Steube’s Veterans True Choice Act would expand health insurance options for disabled veterans and enable service-connected veterans to use TRICARE Select and TRICARE for Life. And the Veterans Health Care Freedom Act, introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs, creates a pilot program to improve the ability of veterans to access medical care in medical facilities of VA and in the community by providing the veterans the ability to choose health care providers. And Rep. Chip Roy has introduced the Veteran Access to Direct Primary Care Act, which would provide veteran health savings accounts to allow veterans to receive primary care furnished under non-Department direct primary care service arrangements.

These measures, in addition to more reforms at the VA – including a full audit of the VA – put the veterans at the center of their own health care and would begin to provide the freedom and choices veterans deserve in choosing where and when they get the care they need.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is limiting access to the VA MISSION Act’s community care options.

Wait times at the VA are increasing, and to ensure veterans can receive quality and timely care the VA should expand health care delivery options by increasing the use of telemedicine and community care.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues around the country, the VA should be focused on removing barriers for veterans to receive health care, not creating barriers.

Tell Washington to allow veterans to access the community care options they deserve!

Take Action