If you are already enrolled in VA health care, the Choice Program allows you to receive health care within your community. Using this program does NOT impact your existing VA health care or any other VA benefit. For additional information on the Choice program, please go to http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/, or call 1-866-606-8198 to speak with someone.

However, changes are on the way.  On June 6, 2018, President Trump signed the VA MISSION Act.  The Mission Act consolidates seven programs allowing vets to obtain private or “community” health care coordinated by VA, creates an integrated network for the department and community care, provides hiring incentives for health professionals, expands an assistance program for caregivers of veterans and creates an infrastructure commission on modernizing VA facilities.

To learn more about how the Choice program will change, go to https://veterans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/va_mission_act_summary.pdf.  You can also view Senate Bill S.2372 - VA MISSION Act of 2018 at:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2372/text.