The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently held a press briefing led by Dr. David J. Shulkin, the Under Secretary for Health, regarding the latest improvements to the VA healthcare system. Shulkin discussed the progress of several initiatives regarding access to care, highlighting several significant advances in getting easily accessible care to all veterans.
One such initiative is the new MyVA Access program, a call to action for VA health officials to reiterate their mission to provide quality health care to all veterans when they need it.
While the VA currently offers same-day appointments at 34 facilities, it hopes to offer same-day appointments at all VA health care facilities across the nation by the end of 2016.
Some other notable accomplishments include:
- Completing more than 57.36 million appointments between March 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016
- Authorizing more than three million appointments for veterans to seek health care outside the VA system through the Veterans Choice Program
- Hosting two Access Stand Downs (events dedicated to clearing the backlog of veterans waiting on urgent care)
- Identifying areas where more care space and personnel are needed and making those improvements a priority
- Clarifying eligibility requirements for the Veterans Choice Program
- The creation of the Veteran Appointment Request App which enables veterans to manage appointments from their phone
While the advances in health care continue, many veterans still struggle to apply for and obtain the veterans’ disability benefits to which they are entitled. In order to obtain disability benefits they need and deserve, veterans must seek regular medical care and have a diagnosis and disability rating that qualifies them for service-connected disability.
Need help applying for disability benefits?
Veterans Help Group is a veterans’ disability advocate group that helps disabled veterans apply for benefits or appeal decisions from the VA. Contact us at 855-855-8992 to schedule a consultation regarding your right to veterans’ disability benefits.