Veterans Choice Act Agreement Information

12/02/14  Portland, Ore.

Attention Rural Practitioners:

In August, Congress enacted the Veterans Choice Act, which enables veterans to see a local, non-VA provider if they reside farther than 40 miles from a VA site of care or if they face an appointment wait time of longer than 30 days. Coverage through the new Choice program began November 5th. Veterans who live at least 40 miles from a VA facility, those who are currently waiting for an appointment longer than 30 days from their preferred date or the date deemed medically necessary by their referring physician, and those Veterans enrolled in VA health care who may be eligible for the Choice Program in the future have already been mailed a Veterans Choice Program card and may come to you for their care. However, before providers can be reimbursed for providing care to eligible veterans, they must sign a participation agreement. More information is forthcoming, but in the meantime, if you have questions please visit the Veterans Choice web site at: or call the VA at 866-606-8198.