VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
MISSION Act Update - May 20, 2019
This week I celebrated my second year anniversary with all of you…I want to thank everyone for all your aloha the past 2 years! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!
There is a lot of new information on the MISSION Act this week. A 10-page brochure and a letter was sent to all Veterans. A new website was launched this week consolidating VA MISSION Act Information https://www.missionact.va.gov/ take time to familiarize yourself with the latest information that is being updated daily.
What’s changing and what you can expect
Beginning June 6, 2019, under the MISSION Act, you’ll have more ways to access health care. This includes within VA’s network and through approved non-VA medical providers in your community, called “community care providers. Depending on your situation—for example, if a certain type of health service isn’t provided by VA—you may be able to go to a non-VA provider, using your VA coverage.
Urgent Care and Walk -in Care
VA will offer an urgent and walk-in care benefit for minor injuries and illnesses, such as pink eye or ear infections. To be covered by this benefit, you must be enrolled in the VA health care system and have received care from VA within the 24 months prior to seeking this care to be eligible for this benefit. Eligible Veterans can seek this care from an urgent care facility or walk-in retail health clinic that is part of VA’s community provider network, but not all urgent care facilities or walk-in retail health clinics are in VA’s network. VA will provide additional information on this benefit. Additional information coming soon.
In addition to increasing access to VA care, the MISSION Act:
- Authorizes VA to develop a plan to expand eligibility for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. Learn more about benefits for family caregivers
- Strengthens VA’s ability to recruit and retain the best medical providers. Learn about careers with VA.
- Strengthens VA’s ability to align its footprint with the needs of America’s Veterans.
All public information is available on our VAPIHCS Website: http://www.hawaii.va.gov/
“One Team, One Ohana” Jennifer S. Gutowski, MHA, FACHE Director, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System