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Urgent care benefits available to Veterans

Graphic with words “VA MISSION Act; VA’s new urgent care benefit provides Veterans greater choice and access to high-quality care.”

The new urgent care benefit is a feature of the VA MISSION Act that allows Veterans to get timely health care when they need it.

By Linda Wondra, Public Affairs Officer
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The new VA MISSION Act was launched on June 6, replacing the Veterans Choice program. It established a new Veterans community care program, strengthening the nationwide VA health care system by empowering Veterans to have more options in their health care decisions. One of the lesser known provisions of the law established a new urgent care benefit that allows eligible Veterans greater choice and access to timely, high-quality care.

This is a giant step forward in terms of convenience for the Veteran, as eligible Veterans do not need to get prior authorization from VA to visit an urgent care provider in VA’s network.

This urgent care benefit is meant to give Veterans a convenient way to get treatment for minor injuries and illnesses such as colds, strep throat, and pink eye. To be eligible for urgent and walk-in care, Veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system and have received care through VA from either a VA or community provider within the past 24 months.

Picture of a building with the words “Urgent Care”

Veterans will have an opportunity to get care at local urgent care clinics that are part of the VA health care network.

You can learn more about this great benefit by watching this short YouTube video published by the Veterans Health Administration:  http://bit.ly/2JC1kqZ. This video provides an overview of the urgent care benefit under the VA MISSION Act including eligibility, in-network providers, covered services, copayments, and prescription medication.

To learn what urgent care clinics are available in your area, use this link to search by address, VA facility, or zip code:  http://bit.ly/2XLMOW5. Currently, there are five urgent care clinics registered for the Walla Walla VA catchment area:

  • 2 in the Tricities area (Pasco and Kennewick, WA)
  • 1 in Lewiston, ID
  • 1 in Moscow, ID
  • 1 in Enterprise, OR

More clinics are in the process of being registered and will be added to this list, so all are encouraged to save this link and check it frequently.

The Walla Walla VA is committed to providing timely and appropriate heath care for our nation’s Veterans when they need it. Let us help you get the best care anywhere!

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