Option for Care: Veterans Choice Program
Are you a Veteran looking to receive health services?
OHI 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 their communities. Using this program will not have any impact on existing VA health care or any other VA benefit.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions:
Have you heard about the Veterans Choice Program? The VA launched the Choice Program on November 5, 2014 as part of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA). This program gives eligible Veterans the option to receive health care from providers in their communities.
The Department of Veterans Affairs sent all Veterans a Choice Card. If your eligibility for this new program is verified, the Choice Card provides you with flexibility in meeting your health care needs. Please note that the Choice Card does not replace the identification card you already use to access other VA benefits.
You might be eligible for the Choice Program if:
• You are told by your local VA medical facility that they will not be able to schedule an appointment for care:
- Within 30 days of the date your provider determines you need to be seen; or
- Within 30 days of the date you wish to be seen if there is no specific date from your provider.
• Your current residence is more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest VA medical facility (including Community- Based Outpatient Clinics) that has a full-time primary care physician.
• You need to travel by plane or boat to the VA medical facility closest to your home.
• You face an unusual or excessive burden in traveling to the closest VA medical facility based on geographic challenges, environmental factors, or a medical condition. Staff at your local VA medical facility will work with you to determine you are eligible for any of these reasons.
• Your specific health care needs, including the nature and frequency of the care needed, warrants participation in the program. Staff at your local VA medical facility will work with you to determine if you’re eligible for any of these reasons.
• You reside in a State or a United States Territory without a full-service VA medical facility that provides hospital care, emergency services, and surgical care having a surgical complexity of standard, and reside more than 20 miles from such a VA medical facility.
NOTE: This criterion applies to Veterans residing in Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Also note that some Veterans in New Hampshire reside within 20 miles of White River Junction VAMC.”
To find out if you are eligible for the Choice Program, call (866) 606-8198. If you are satisfied and wish to continue with your current VA care, there is nothing you need to do at this time. Save your Choice Card in case you would like to use the program in the future.
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