VA Interim Rule Important Guide for $10B Program

The Veterans Affairs Dept. offers the interim final rule to create the $10 billion Veterans Choice Program, which will furnish non-VA hospital care and medical services to certain veterans.

Effective: Immediately, but comments accepted through March 5

The interim final rule defines the parameters of the Veterans Choice Program, and clarifies aspects affecting veterans and the non-VA providers who will furnish hospital care and medical services through the Veterans Choice Program.

The services will be provided through non-VA health care providers to veterans who either cannot be seen within the wait-time goals of the Veterans Health Administration or who qualify based on their place of residence. For example, veterans are eligible if they reside: more than 40 miles from the VA medical facility; in a state without a full-service VA medical facility; or live more than 20 miles from a full-service facility.

A full-service facility provides, on its own and not through a joint venture, hospital care, emergency medical services, and surgical care having a surgical complexity of standard.

The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (PL 113-14) requires the program to be funded by $10 billion in appropriated resources from the newly established Veterans Choice Fund. The program is authorized to continue until the date the Veterans Choice Fund is exhausted or until Aug. 7, 2017.

Contact: Kristin Cunningham, 202/382-2508.

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