The headquarters building of the Department of Veterans Affairs as seen on June 28, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES)
The headquarters building of the Department of Veterans Affairs as seen on June 28, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES)

VA unveils proposed new rules for expanding private-sector care

by Nikki Wentling
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — Veterans who must drive more than 30 minutes to reach their Department of Veterans Affairs mental health or primary care providers would be allowed to use a private doctor for their health care under proposed rules the VA unveiled Wednesday.

For specialty care, veterans could go outside the VA for medical treatment if a VA provider was longer than a 60-minute drive away.

The draft rules are part of the VA Mission Act – a law scheduled to take effect this summer that aims to extend veterans’ access to private-sector doctors. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said earlier this week that the new access standards would “revolutionize” the VA health care system.

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