VA Veteran's Choice Program
Veterans can access VA health care benefit through Health Net comprehensive network of community-based, non-VA medical professionals who meet VA quality standards at NO extra cost. Veterans are able to receive treatment without any copay or co-insurance.
The Veterans Access, Choice, Accountability Act (VACAA) of 2014 is a law that expands the number of options Veterans have for receiving care to ensure Veterans have timely access to high-quality care. Veteran's Choice Program (VCP) provides primary care, inpatient and outpatient specialty care, and mental health care for eligible Veterans when the local VA medical center (VAMC) cannot provide the services due to:
1. Lack of available specialists.
2. Long wait times.
3. Extraordinary distance from the Veteran’s home.
Dr. Thoa Ho, DOM, LAc. is a proud member of Veteran's Choice Program and Patient Centered Community Care. .
If you are already enrolled in VA health care, the Veteran's Choice Program allows you to receive health care within your community. Using this program does NOT impact your existing VA health care or any other VA benefit.
For more information about the Veterans Choice Program, visit: www.va.gov/opa/choiceact. Veterans seeking to use the Veteran's Choice Program can call 1-866-606-8198 to find out more about the program, confirm their eligibility and schedule an appointment.
Vetrans do NOT have to pay any copay or coinsurance at our clinic. Let your primary physian know that you are intrested in using alternative treatments for your conditions. You can also call our office at 407-780-2645 or VCP at 1-866-606-8198 to answer any of your questions.
How to start:
To use your Veteran’s Choice card for a PCCC provider, you must first receive a referral from your VA doctor. The VA doctor reviews your condition and your needs and makes an assessment of your eligibility for the Veteran’s Choice program based on the 3 criteria listed above. The most common referral is for chronic pain although we are more recently receiving referrals for anxiety, PTSD and gastrointestinal issues.
Veterans may be eligible to receive care through the Veteran's Choice Program based on one or more of the following conditions:
VA can’t provide the services the Veteran needs
VA can’t make an appointment for the Veteran at the nearest VA medical facility within 30 days of the clinically indicated date (the date the Veteran and their VA provider agree should be the next date the Veteran is seen for care)—or, if VA can’t determine this date—the date the Veteran prefers to be seen next
Veteran lives more than 40 miles (driving distance) from the nearest VA medical facility with a full-time primary care physician
Veteran has to travel by air, boat, or ferry to get to the nearest VA medical facility
Veteran faces an excessive burden in traveling to the nearest VA medical facility (such as geographic challenges, environmental factors, or a health problem that makes it hard for you to travel)
VA will work with the Veteran to determine eligibility based on the above conditions and the Veteran’s specific circumstances.
Through this program, the referrals for Acupuncture are clinically proven effective for pain and anxiety to name a few. For more about acupuncture, please see that section of our web site.
More information can be found on VCP site: https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/VCP/index.asp