VA MISSION Act: Community Care
Issued: April 11, 2019: VA recently published two public updates and fact sheets about improvements to
community care under the MISSION Act. These articles and fact sheets are part of a
series detailing the progress VA is making in implementing the MISSION Act.
- VA MISSION Act: What is the latest on community care? - Highlights VA’s efforts to-date for improving community care, what to expect, and next steps. (VAntage Point, 03/19/19)
- Fact Sheet: Veteran Community Care – General Information (VA MISSION Act of 2018) – Provides greater detail about community care improvements, processes, expected timeframes, and FAQs.
- VA MISSION Act: Will you be eligible for community care? Highlights general requirements surrounding community care eligibility and describes the six criteria under the VA MISSION Act (VAntage Point, 04/09/19).
- Fact Sheet: Veteran Community Care – Eligibility (VA MISSION Act of 2018) – Provides greater detail about community care eligibility, examples of how the six criteria would be applied, and FAQs.
VA Urgent Care Benefit:
The following link contains helpful information regarding Urgent Care visits for the Veteran, for the Provider and for the Pharmacy. These pages can be printed for the Veteran to take with them to their Urgent Care Provider and Pharmacy
FAQ'S regarding Urgent / Emergency Care:
How do I know if I need urgent care or emergency care? Urgent care is for non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries such as strep throat, pink eye, or a strained muscle. Emergency care is for an injury, illness or symptom so severe that a prudent layperson reasonably believes that delay in seeking immediate medical attention would be hazardous to life or health. (i.e. severe chest pain, seizures, loss of awareness, heavy, uncontrollable breathing, or severe burns). For emergency care call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away. NOTE: VA can only pay for a Veteran's emergency care under certain conditions.
What if I arrive at an in-network urgent care location and have difficulty receiving care? Call 866-620-2071 or your local VA medical facility: Saginaw VA Medical Center: 800-406-5143 .