OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.) a federally qualified health center with locations in Ocean County, has been named an eligible provider in The Veterans Choice Program. The Veterans Choice Program provides eligible veterans with the option to receive non-VA health care services from approved community health care providers, such as OHI, in their communities. Using this program will not have any impact on existing VA health care or any other VA benefit.
Some qualifying situations for veterans include waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care, or having to travel 40 miles or more to a VA medical facility, among others. Veterans can call 866-606-8198 to find out if they qualify or visit http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/ and schedule an appointment at OHI.
Those Veterans who do qualify should use their Veterans Choice Card, which will allow them to request OHI as their community-based primary health care provider. The Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau, located on the first floor of the Ocean County One-Stop Center, 1027 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, can provide additional assistance to veterans about obtaining and using their Veterans Choice Card.