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New "Veterans Choice Card"


From:Kurt Geske

Veterans Services Administrator

Gaston County Veterans Services Office   

965 Roberts Drive

Gastonia, NC 28054

704-866-3692


 

Subject:New "Veterans Choice Card"

 

Congress has passed a new “VA Reform Bill” that impact access to health care.  This includes a new “Veterans Choice Card” (which may be a new card, or may be some change made to the existing VA health system ID card). 

 

The implementation of the new bill is still a “work in progress” – After President Obama signs it into law, the VA has 90 days within which to come up with interim regulations for “how it will work.

VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness

VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness
August 11, 2014


Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Veteran families living in – or transitioning to – permanent housing.

VA Expands Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) Contracts to Provide Access to Primary Care

VA Expands Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) Contracts to Provide Access to Primary Care
August 13, 2014


 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2014
VA Expands Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) Contracts to Provide Access to Primary Care
 WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that primary care has been added to the services available to Veterans through VA’s Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) contracts, a key and evolving part of the non-VA medical care program.

H.R. 3230: Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014

H. R. 3230One Hundred Thirteenth Congress of the United States of AmericaAT THE SECOND SESSIONBegun and held at the City of Washington on Friday, the third day of January, two thousand and fourteenAn ActTo improve the access of veterans to medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
(a) SHORTTITLE.—This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Veterans

VA Grants Will Expand Transportation in Highly Rural Areas

VA Grants Will Expand Transportation in Highly Rural Areas
July 11, 2014


  Veterans to Have Easier Access to Health Care
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the White House Rural Council today announced the award of eight grants, totaling $815,051.50, which will improve access to health care for Veterans living in highly rural areas.  The grants will assist over 11,000 Veterans in 7 states and 56 counties byproviding up to $50,000 per highly rural area to fund transportation services for Veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care

Acting Secretary Gibson Statement on Whistleblower Protections

Acting Secretary Gibson Statement on Whistleblower Protections
June 23, 2014


 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     
June 23, 2014            
 
Acting Secretary Gibson Statement on Whistleblower Protections
 
WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson today released a statement following the Office of Special Counsel’s letter to the President regarding VA whistleblowers:

VA Announces Personnel Actions

VA Announces Personnel Actions
June 25, 2014


June 25, 2014             
VA Announces Personnel Actions
 WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced several personnel actions aimed at accelerating Veterans’ access to quality health care and rebuilding the trust of America’s Veterans.
 At the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Leadership Summit this week in Washington, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D.

VA Releases Data on Quality, Access to Veterans Healthcare



                            

 

Acting Secretary Gibson Provides Transparency, Announces Further Actions on Timely Healthcare Access

 

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the results from its Nationwide Access Audit, along with facility level patient access data, medical center quality and efficiency data, and mental health provider survey data, for all Veterans health facilities.

My Thoughts on the VA Healthcare Inspections

The lack of care that our Veterans are receiving from the various VA Healthcare facilities is unacceptable. I believe that the only way to get a true picture of the type of care that our Veterans are receiving is to have a group of non-partial inspectors who are not affiliated with the military or the VA to inspect each facility.  This way there would not be a temptation to sway a report in favor one way or the other.  I, as a Veteran, would like to see that all of my fellow Veterans are treated fairly and with the respect that they deserve, and in order to do this we must focus on the evidence and truth of each case and not just the Veteran or the VA.

STATEMENT OF THE HONORABLE ERIC K. SHINSEKI

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STATEMENT OF THE HONORABLE ERIC K. SHINSEKI
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS BEFORE THE AFFAIRS May 15, 2014being. We owe that to each and every Veteran that is under our care. the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in the United States. and approximately 85 million appointments each year. Over 300,000 VHA leaders and health care employees strive to provide exceptional care to approximately 6.485 million Veterans and other beneficiaries annually. VA provides safe, effective healthcare, equal to or exceeding the industry standard in many areas.
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