The Veteran’s Choice Program for VA Healthcare
By Alan W. Joyner on February 09, 2016
Over the last 25 years, the number of VA hospitals has gone down slightly while the number of outpatient and community-based outpatient clinics has skyrocketed. This change has put access to VA healthcare within easy reach of the majority of our veterans. Veterans who live in rural areas were often faced with a major challenge just to get to the nearest VA facility – both from time/distance and cost perspectives. The only real help available was from the veterans service organizations that run van programs to provide transportation to the VA. These programs were not uniform and did not exist in many places. This has begun to change with the enactment of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA). As this act is fully implemented, your choices for VA healthcare have expanded significantly as outlined below.