Trump Administration Issues Guidelines to 'Revolutionize' Private Sector Role in Veterans Health Care

Government Executive | January 30, 2019

The Trump administration has released new standards to give veterans access to private sector health care on the government’s dime, issuing guidelines that will expand the role of private providers in caring for former military personnel. Veterans living more than a 30-minute drive on average from the nearest Veterans Affairs Department facility can use a pre-approved network of private providers for services such as primary care, mental health, and non-institutional extended care. For specialized care, veterans must live outside of a one-hour drive from the nearest VA facility. The new standards were required by an overhaul of VA health care signed into law last year known as the Mission Act, which consolidated existing private care programs and aimed to make it easier for more veterans to access those providers.

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MilliporeSigma | December 30, 2021

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Carahsoft | June 08, 2022

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Stratasys | September 30, 2021

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