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New Driving Distance Requirements Expand Veterans Choice Program Eligibility

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) based on the distance between a Veteran’s residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance.

Under the VCP, Veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility or are unable to get a VA appointment within 30 days of a medically necessary or preferred date may obtain approved care within their community.

This change nearly doubles the number of eligible Veterans. Letters from VA will be sent to newly eligible Veterans notifying them of their eligibility for the VCP under this expansion.

Questions regarding the VCP should be directed to Health Net Federal Services, LLC at 1-866-606-8198, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday–Friday.