No voting cards are required for the new community care program. The use of the voting card ended on the date of sunset on June 6, 2019. VCP members are still entitled to use the travel benefits of recipients and their appointments, as required by the VPA rules. The Veterans Affairs Beneficiary Travel Program must help veterans pay miles and/or “common airlines” by air, bus, taxi, etc. to and from VA Healthcare. It also includes “unauthorized health care for which the Veteran is eligible.” VA no longer provides community care to Veterans under the Veterans Choice Program (PCV), but Veterans are eligible for community care under the “Grandfather” provision for distance authorization from CPVs. Also known as the “Choice Act” or “Veterans Choice Act,” the Act is described as a multi-party attempt to address health problems that result in delays and difficulties in accessing care. The program was funded by the Veterans Choice Fund and asked the VA not only to access health care outside the VA system, but also to enter into contracts and partnerships with independent experts to assess the level and quality of “hospital care, medical services and other medical care processes in VA medical facilities.” All VCP agreements officially expired on June 6, 2019; the date of the program`s “sunset.” How did we come to offer these choices to veterans? The VA describes the program as a way to “keep President Lincoln`s promise” to care for those who have served their country, “… and for his widow and his orphan.” Congress passed Public Law 113-146, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. Community professionals can continue to provide services to veterans close to VA by participating in a contract network managed by mandated external administrators, the TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Optum Public Sector Solutions, Inc. In certain circumstances, community suppliers may also enter into contracts directly with VA to participate in the program.

VCP was designed to assist Veterans in a wide range of personal situations or circumstances that make care more complicated, including: Veteran patients can still use their original caregiver, which they chose under the previous PCV, but this may depend on whether or not there is an agreement from a PCV provider. In addition, participation in the contractual network must be ensured with the va-approved third party. If you have any questions about your current provider, call your nearest VA Medical Center. VCP has been replaced by a program called Veterans Community Care (VCC). This replacement came after a “planned obsolescence” for VCP – it was created for a certain period (three years or until the expiry of funds for the program) and was to be operated “separately from Vae`s existing program for supplying veterans out of the VA system” according to the official va-va website. Where there are no key elements on a paper claim, the system rejects the claim and the deposit provider receives a letter explaining the refusal.