Today, June 7th, the VA implemented new regulations for how veterans access private-sector Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP) healthcare. These regulations are the result of the 2018 MISSION Act, and are expected to do the following:
- Will create standards that diminish the VA high-quality model of healthcare. Studies show that 86% of veterans prefer the healthcare provided by the VA system. All major veterans’ organizations support the excellent services provided by the VA and oppose privatization.
- Will not require VCCP private hospitals and clinics to meet the same high quality standards that VA facilities must meet.
- Will undermine the MISSION Act’s mandate that all mental health care meets veterans needs for PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma.
- Will divert already limited VA staff from providing health care to scheduling and managing care that veterans receive in VCCP facilities.
- Will cost over $4 billion annually from the limited VA budget to fund private VCCP facilities that were not funded by the MISSION Act. This could lead to privatization! (The impact of using VA facility funds to pay for VCCP private care ignores the fact that there are currently 49,000 unfilled VA positions, and Sec. Wilkie refuses to fill these vacancies!)
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The Veterans Health Policy Institute (VHPI) has considerable information at their website.
Keep up to date on VA privatization at the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).
Lastly, at the end of 2017, 40% of all VA outpatient appointments had been pushed into the private sector via the CHOICE program. It is possible that now, in 2019, nearly 50% of all VA care veterans are receiving has been pushed into the private sector. The VA’s poorly designed & implemented Community Care Program will push even more vets into private care in both rural & urban areas across America.