What is Veterans Choice Program?
If you are currently eligible to receive medical care from the Veterans Health Administration, the Veteran’s Choice Program may allow you to receive medical care from within your own community. If you choose to use this program it will not impact your existing health care, or any other benefits that you may receive. The Veterans Choice Program has recently been implemented as a result of a pilot project, ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home). The ARCH project allowed Veterans in 5 locations throughout the country to receive healthcare from within their community. The Veterans Choice Program replaces and expands the healthcare options made available through ARCH.
Are You Eligible?
If you are already enrolled in VA healthcare, you may be eligible to receive healthcare within your own community, instead of waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility. Currently, two factors will determine whether or not you can enroll in the Veterans Choice Program.
- You have been waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care OR
- You live more than 40 miles away from the nearest VA medical care facility or face a severe travel burden.
How to sign up:
- Check if you are eligible
- Check for participating doctors in your area
- Make sure you have information on hand about any other health insurance coverage you may have
- Schedule an appointment. Call 1-866-606-8198, and provide your personal information as well as information about your preferred health care provider.
By: Henry J. Moellring, Summer Intern