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The Veterans Choice Program (VCP): Program Implementation

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Technical Report

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Congressional Research Service Washington United States

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Authorized under Section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 VACAA, the Veterans Choice Program VCP is a new, temporary program the VCP is set to expire in August 2017 or whenever funds in the Veterans Choice Fund are exhausted that enables eligible veterans to receive medical care in the community. It supplements several existing statutory authorities that allow the Veterans Health Administration VHA to provide health care services to veterans outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs VA facilities. Generally, all medical care and services including inpatient, outpatient, pharmacy, and ancillary services are provided through the VCPinstitutional long-term care and emergency care in non-VA facilities are excluded from the VCP and are provided under different authorities. The VCP is not a health insurance plan for veterans, nor does it guarantee health care coverage to all veterans.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

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