A simple rule change by the Department of Veterans Affairs resulted in a roughly 100 percent increase in the number of veterans eligible for the Veterans Choice Program.
The Veterans Choice Program allows eligible veterans to receive health care outside the VA system. One of the criteria for eligibility is living more than 40 miles from the closest VA health care facility.
Previously, this distance was calculated as a straight line between a veteran’s residence and the facility. Effective immediately, driving distance will be the determining factor instead of straight-line distance. According to the VA, nearly twice as many veterans now qualify for the program.
Being that the purpose of the program is to alleviate the burden of veterans who may live far from VA health care facilities, it makes a lot of sense to use driving distance to determine eligibility. This simple rule change will significantly increase the health care access of a huge number of veterans. We at Legal Help for Veterans applaud the VA for this significant and very beneficial change in policy.
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