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The Mission Act Replaces The Choice Act

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Returning home from war is tough and the life once left behind may not always be there when you return. Many, unfortunately, return home requiring constant medical attention due to chronic pain derived from the time serving our country. Up until recently, Veterans were only able to be seen by Veteran Affairs (VA) facility emergency rooms. Due to this, most of these facilities became overcrowded and veterans had lengthy waits to receive care. This is not the health care our Veterans deserve when they come home, especially when they require immediate or continual medical care. Thankfully, on June 6th, the Mission Act was signed into law.

The Mission act grants Veterans access to other facilities, besides VA emergency rooms, to get medical attention. President Donald Trump signed the Mission Act into law last year, replacing the Choice Act. With the Mission Act in place, Veterans who meet certain requirements can be seen by private doctors, paid for in full by the VA.

For prompt care, the Mission Act allows Veterans to visit urgent care facilities nationwide. Urgent Care facilities are required to be part of the VA’s contracted network community (without this Veterans may be responsible for the full cost of the care received). To be able to receive the new options available by the Mission Act, Veterans must be listed in the VA healthcare system and receive care through the VA for a full 24months before being eligible to receive care through Urgent Care facilities.

It is also important to note that the Mission Act does not cover dental or preventative services and while Urgent Care is a way for Veterans to receive medical attention faster if the need, it isn’t designed as a replacement for their primary care doctors. Additionally, you may be charged a copayment for the visit, depending on your assigned Veteran priority. While some may have a copayment from their first visit, others may be granted a few free visits before incurring a copayment fee. Copayments will be charged to the Veteran by the VA directly, and no payment will be required at the Urgent Care facility at the time of care. For those requiring medication, the VA will also handle prescription requests.

For specific requirements, specifications and more, visit https://missionact.va.gov/

If you or your loved one needs assistance with the specifications and requirements to receive benefits of the Mission Act, please contact the lawyers at Turley, Redmond, Rosasco, and Rosasco at 855-280-7586 for a free no-obligation consultation.

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