No, please call the Choice Program call center at 866-606-8198 to verify eligibility and make your appointment.
This calculation is based on the distance from your permanent residence (or an active temporary address) to the closest VA facility-- including Community-Based Outpatient Clinics and VA Medical Centers.
If I am eligible for the Choice Program, can I receive Beneficiary Travel for travel to appointments with a Choice provider?
You do not need your Choice Card to access the Choice Program. If you didn’t receive a Choice Card, simply call 866-606-8198 to find out if you are eligible and to make an appointment.
The Choice Program non-VA Provider will issue a prescription with up to a 14 day supply of a National Formulary drug. You may have the 14 day supply prescription filled at any non-VA pharmacy of your choosing and may submit a request for reimbursement to VA. For prescriptions needed past 14 days, please follow standard procedures to fill a prescription at the VA pharmacy.
No, not at all. You do not have to choose between the two—the Choice Program is here to make it easier to access the care you need, close to home. .
No, emergency care is not covered under the Choice Program. All care under the Choice Program is required to be preauthorized. VA has other options for you if you require emergency care. Please contact your local VA medical facility for more information.
Yes, as long as the Veteran was enrolled in VA Healthcare on or before August 1, 2014 or is eligible to enroll as a recently discharged combat Veteran.
If you live more than 20 miles from the White River Junction VA, you are eligible. If you live less than 20 miles from the White River Junction VA you are not eligible, based on the distance criteria.
If I do not qualify for the Veterans Choice Program, are there other options I can use to access non-VA health care?
Yes. VA is actively seeking to expand its network of community providers. Your doctor can call 866-606-8198 to learn more about the Veterans Choice Program and to become an approved Choice provider. If your preferred provider is not available under the Program, we will recommend other providers in your area. Your doctor can find more information here:www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/documents/FactSheets/VACAA_Provider_Fact_Sheet_Choice_Program_508c_Internet.pdf
Yes, if you are receiving non-service connected care. Your private health insurance will be the primary payer for non-service connected care and you may be responsible for the health insurance deductibles cost-shares. If you are receiving service connected care, you will not be responsible for your deductible as VA is primarily responsible for service connected care received through the Choice Program.
VA copays will be billed by VA after the appointment. If you currently pay VA copayments you will be subject to the same copayment requirements under the Choice Program. Your VA copay will be determined by VA after the care is provided.
If you are VA copayment exempt then you will not be required to make the VA copayment under the Choice Program.
No, these plans are not considered Other Health Insurance for purposes of the Choice Program. You will not be billed by the VCP provider for any of the cost-shares associated with these plans.
Call the Choice Program Call Center at 866-606-8198 for more information.
Call the Choice Program Call Center at 866-606-8198 to set up an appointment.