VASNHS outlines expansion of local urgent care options under MISSION Act VA Media Release

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June 1, 2019 NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. – When the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launches its improved community care program as part of the MISSION Act June 6, enrolled Veterans across the nation will have access to an expanded urgent care benefit, providing more options on when and where to receive timely care.
In Southern Nevada, this includes the addition of approximately 25 contracted in-network community clinics where eligible Veterans will be able to access urgent care without prior authorization for treatment of non-emergent minor injuries and illnesses, such as colds, sore throats, and minor skin infections.
When the expanded benefit begins June 6, Veterans will be able to use VA’s provider locator on VA.gov (https://www.va.gov/find-locations/) to find all available urgent care facilities in VA’s contracted network of community providers. To ensure local Veterans are aware of their options, the VA has provided the following guidance regarding the expanded benefit:
Eligibility
VA can only pay for care under this benefit if a Veteran is eligible and enrolled in VA health care and received care through VA (from either a VA or community provider) within 24 months prior to accessing urgent care. Additionally, the services being provided must not be excluded under the benefit, and the provider must be part of VA’s contracted network of community providers and is identified as an urgent care provider. If an eligible Veteran goes to an out-of-network urgent care provider, they may be required to pay the full cost of care.
Important: VA can only pay for care an eligible Veteran receives from a community emergency department in certain circumstances and under specific conditions. For more information, visit: https://www.va.gov/communitycare/programs/veterans/emergency_care.asp.