President Trump Signs the Mission Act

The Mission Act to give our veterans real choice over their health care by allowing them to get care outside the Veterans Affairs (VA) system when they need it, was signed by President Trump on Memorial Day.

Millions of veterans live in areas of the country where VA health care centers, hospitals and doctors are not reasonably accessible. In many cases, the nearest VA facility may be hundreds of miles from their homes. It is wholly unreasonable to even suggest that a veteran be burdened with the inconvenience of traveling great distances for care. It is not right and it puts the veteran in danger of not getting quality or immediate care.

*The bill would overhaul and expand the current Veterans Choice Program, allowing veterans greater access to health care outside the VA system. It would do away with arbitrary criteria to qualify and put into place clear guidelines for accessing community care. It also would streamline community care programs to cut down on confusion and waste.

*The bill would provide funding for the Veterans Choice Program in the interim so that the veterans using it don’t see a disruption in their medical care. Current funding is expected to run out by the end of June.

*This Legislation would also allow for Congress and the VA to review the department’s physical assets to ensure resources aren’t wasted on unused or underutilized facilities.

The goal of this bill is to transform the VA into a modern, high performing, and integrated health care system that will ensure our veterans receive the best health care possible from the VA, whether delivered in the VA’s own facilities or in the community.

If you have questions concerning VA or State benefits, contact Montgomery County Veterans Service at 936-539-7842 or via email at vetsvc@mctx.org or check-out our Facebook page.