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The VA MISSION Act of 2018 empowers Veterans and enhances care options. The acronym MISSION in the MISSION Act stands for Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks. What that means to Veterans and their families is, the VA is at the center of Veteran care to ensure Veterans receive the best care possible whether in VA facilities or through a community provider.

This legislation will strengthen VA’s ability to deliver health care by:

  • Consolidating VA community care programs into a single program that is much easier to navigate.
  • Expanding eligibility for Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.
  • Strengthening VA’s ability to recruit and retain the best medical providers.

Even before the MISSION Act was passed, VA made major strides in expanding access to care. Since 2014, the number of annual appointments for VA care is up by 3.4 million, with over 58 million appointments in VA facilities last fiscal year. Veterans can now receive same day services for primary care and mental health, and directly schedule appointments in mental health, audiology, optometry, podiatry, nutrition, wheelchair and amputation care clinics without a referral.

With the MISSION Act, the future of the VA health care system is in the hands of Veterans – exactly where it should be.

Consolidating Community Care
VA has been providing care to Veterans through community providers for decades, but the programs have grown in number and complexity over the years, making them complicated to access and administer. The MISSION Act will consolidate VA’s community care programs, making community care work better for Veterans and their families, community providers, and VA staff.

Strengthening VA’s Workforce
The MISSION Act gives VA greater ability to recruit and retain the best medical providers through greater access to an education debt reduction program and improved flexibility for bonuses for recruitment, relocation and retention. VA will also pilot a scholarship program for eligible Veterans to receive medical training in return for serving in a VA hospital or clinic for four years.