Grand County Veterans may be entitled to ‘Choice Card’ |

Grand County Veterans may be entitled to ‘Choice Card’

The Grand County Veterans Office is trying to get the word out to area to area veterans about the Veterans Choice Card.

The card is associated with the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, which is intended in part to improve access for veterans to temporary health care outside the VA system. The card allows eligible veterans to access non-VA health care for up to three years, based on either the distance he or she lives from a VA facility or whether the veteran is experiencing wait times beyond the 30-day standard.

Eligibility is based on these standards:

• Have you been told by your local VA medica facility that you will have to wait more than 30 days from your preferred date to receive care?

• Is your residence more than 40 miles from the nearest VA health care facility?

• Do you need to travel by plane or boat the closest VA facility?

• Does a geographic challenge such as extensive distances around water or other geographic formations, such as mountains, present a significant travel hardship?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, veterans may verify their eligibility by calling 866-606-8198.

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