VA announces Veterans Coordinated Access Rewarding Experiences Act
Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Today, VA announced that it has presented the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees with the administration’s draft proposal of the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act, designed to improve Veterans’ experiences with and access to health care, building on the best features of VA’s existing community care programs and strengthening VA’s ability to furnish care in its facilities.
In order to meet Veterans’ needs quickly and in a way that is easy to understand, the bill aims to:
“We want Veterans to work with their VA physicians to make informed decisions that are best for their clinical needs, whether in the VA or in the community, and this bill does just that, while strengthening VA services at the same time,” said VA secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin.
The bill would replace the current wait-time and distance eligibility criteria under the Choice Program (“30-day/40-mile”) with criteria that:
The CARE Act also includes:
More information about access to care at the VA can be found at https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/ .
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WHENEVER, A WORLD CLASS MEDICAL CENTER AS IS THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF “PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY” IS BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF A LOCAL VA OUTPATIENT CLINIC, THOSE VA STAFF INVOLVED SHOULD PAY ATTENTION ON BEHALF OF A PAIN SUFFERING VETERAN. DON’T YOU THINK?
PLEASE AD VISE.
This it’s all bureaucratic red tape stuff. It does not improve medical care at the VA and the ability to obtain it. Veterans are dying because they can’t get proper care. The substandard doctors and facilities need to Be drastically improved. If I live in West Broward County I should not have to travel to West Palm Beach or Miami Dade 50 miles away in order to get the care I deserve.
@Joy Martin; the issues you mention are part of the act, and the red tape is, of course, bureaucratic but it’s at least a sign they are actively pursuing a fix to the issues you mention.
>>Merge and modernize community care programs.
Place the Veteran and his or her physician at the center of the decision process on how and where to get the best care available,
Ensure VA is improving medical facilities and staffing levels to meet Veterans’ needs in areas where VA care is substandard, and
Offer options for Veterans to use a network of walk-in clinics for minor illnesses and injuries.
The CARE Act also includes:
Proposals for new workforce tools to assist in maintaining and strengthening VA’s world-class medical staff,<<
I think your specific comment is very relative to the act because your complaint is what most of us "disabled" veterans have also voiced complaints about because we have experienced it first hand and some of us to disastrous and disabling results. It's going to take time now to implement but I think the VA is trying to remedy the situation as best they can.
I am keeping my eye on this very act and waiting because it's in line with exactly why the POTUS signed the bill in June 2017. Now we do have to wait for all that red tape to be worked out but this is a positive sign at least.