Home > news > Press Releases

Press Releases

Plaskett applauds VA’s decision to expand Choice Program eligibility for veterans

Change is expected to double number of veterans eligible for the program

f t # e
Washington, DC, March 25, 2015 | comments

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, today, applauded the Department of Veterans Affairs’ decision to expand eligibility to a program that will make access to care easier for Veterans living more than 40 miles away from a VA medical facility.
 
The Veteran Choice Program, which currently allows veterans who live more than 40 miles in a straight line from a VA facility or who face significant delays in scheduling an appointment to receive care in their communities at non-VA medical facilities has been amended to include driving distance in considering that 40-mile allowance.
 
“This is a step in the right direction in fixing a rule that presents a challenge for so many of our veterans, particularly those here in the Virgin Islands, from having easy access to care. Under this proposed fix Virgin Island veterans would be able to qualify for and use their “Choice Cards” at local medical facilities to access services that they would otherwise have to travel to Puerto Rico to receive,” Plaskett said.
 
Plaskett, along with her colleagues Reps. Rick Nolan and Markwayne Mullin have previously co-sponsored legislation to change VA’s 40-mile eligibility criteria.
 
H.R. 572, or the Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015 proposes to ensure veterans’ access to private healthcare regardless if the nearest VA medical facility can provide services.
 
The VA’s proposed change will almost double the number of veterans who qualify under the program, which was initially authorized by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014.
 
Veterans wanting to confirm their eligibility under the Veterans Choice Program should call 1-866-606-8198.
 
###

 

f t # e

Office Locations

Washington, DC Office

Washington, DC Office

331 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1790
Fax: (202) 225-5517
Hours: 9-6pm
St. Croix Office

St. Croix Office

60 King Street
Frederiksted, VI 00840
Phone: (340) 778-5900
Fax: (340) 778-5111
Hours: 8:30-5pm
St. Thomas Office

St. Thomas Office

9100 Port of Sale Mall
Suite 22
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Phone: (340) 774-4408
Fax: (340) 774-8033
Hours: 8:30-5pm
St. John Office

St. John Office

St. John Administrator's Office
Cruz Bay, VI 00830
Phone: (340) 774-4408
Hours: 10-3pm