New VA rule grants veterans access to private health care

In the most recent rule change released by the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans who live as little as a 30-minute drive from a VA health care facility will be able to opt for private care instead.

A New York Times article states that in order for veterans to take advantage of these benefits, they must be able to prove that a VA clinic is at least a 30-minute drive from their home. If they are able to prove this, they will be allowed to seek primary care and mental health services from private institutions outside of the department’s system.

The new policy, which will likely be effective in June, is aimed at providing veterans with quality care and easier, streamlined access to health care.

To learn more about this rule change, click here.