V.A. works to expand “Choice Program Eligibility”. In order to expand eligibility for the veterans choice program, the Department of Veteran Affairs today announced that it will change the calculation used to determine driving distance. The policy change will be made through regulatory action in the coming weeks. V.A. has worked very quickly to implement the veteran choice program and “We appreciate the constructive feed back shared by veterans and our partners to help improve service to veterans.” said Secretary Robert McDonald.
The method of determining driving distance will be through distance as calculated by using a commercial product. The change is expected to roughly double the number of eligible veterans to receive health care in their communities rather than waiting for a V.A. appointment or traveling to a V.A. facility. Veterans seeking to use the veterans choice program should call 1-866-606-8198 to confirm their eligibility and to schedule an appointment.
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