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You may be eligible for community care(outside a VA medical facility) when VA cannot provide the care you need.

Frequently Asked Questions.


  • Am I eligible for community care? You may be eligible based on your medical needs, care that is available at VA, and other requirements.
  • What happens if I am not eligible for community care? Your VA medical facility will work with you to schedule an appointment with a VA provider.
  • Can I appeal a decision by VA that I am not eligible for community care? Yes. Contact your VA medical facility to learn about the steps involved and to start the process.
  • If I receive community care, will I still be able to get care at VA? Yes.


  • How do I find a community provider? Your VA medical facility can find a community provider for you, or you can select one. Check with your VA medical facility to make sure the one you select is part of VA’s network. If you are getting care through the Veterans Choice Program, you can use the Veterans Choice Locator online at to find a community provider.
  • Can I ask my doctor to join VA’s network? Yes, if the provider you want to see is not part of VA’s network, VA may be able to add them to its network. To see if this is possible, contact your VA medical facility.
  • What happens if there are not any community providers available that fit my needs? Your VA medical facility will help you find alternatives.
  • Can I choose any community provider I want? The community provider must be part of VA’s network.
  • Are travel costs paid for by VA? You may be eligible for travel cost reimbursement through beneficiary travel. Contact your VA medical facility to learn about this benefit.


  • Can I change my community provider? Yes. Contact your VA medical facility to change your community provider.
  • What happens if my community provider is no longer available (i.e. retires)? Contact your VA medical facility to find alternatives.
  • How do I make a follow-up appointment? Check with your community provider to make sure VA authorized follow-up care before scheduling a follow-up appointment. They should have this information which is provided in the VA authorization they received to provide you care. If your community provider does not know if follow-up care was authorized, they should contact your VA medical facility to determine the next steps needed to ensure you get the care you need.
  • How do I get my prescription filled? Your community provider should send the
    prescription to be filled at the nearest VA pharmacy. The VA pharmacy will mail the medication to you. Contact the VA pharmacy that was selected to fill the prescription if you have a question about receiving your medication.
  • What if I need my prescription filled immediately and there is not a VA pharmacy nearby? If the prescription is for urgent or emergency care, you can get it filled at a nonVA pharmacy, but you will need to submit a prescription reimbursement request to your VA medical facility.


  • What are the costs for community care? Just like at VA, you may have to pay a copayment and VA may bill your insurance company for care that is not service-connected.
  • I received a bill from my community provider. What do I do? Usually this means that your community provider tried to send a bill to VA but did not receive a payment. Contact your VA medical facility so they can work with the community provider to resolve the issue.


I heard that VA is working on a new community care program. What is the status of that? Yes, due to the VA MISSION Act of 2018, VA is creating a new, single community care program that will be easier to use. VA is in the process of designing and testing the program, which is scheduled to launch by June 6, 2019.

Senate Passes VA Mission Act

VVA Calls on President to Sign Bill Now

Washington, D.C—”The VA Mission Act is the result of years of pressure from our members across the country, and its swift passage represents the kind of bipartisan work that Congress accomplishes when they focus on veterans,” said John Rowan, Vietnam Veterans of America national president. “We urge President Trump to sign this important legislation immediately, so that the VA can get to work on enacting these important reforms right away.”

The VA Mission Act, a $52 billion spending package, passed the Senate by a 92-5 vote, after sweeping through the House on a 347-70 vote. The legislation consolidates the Department of Veterans Affairs’ seven separate community care programs into one streamlined program in order to reduce bureaucracy and confusion for both veterans and the VA staff charged with caring for them. A critical provision of the VA Mission Act is the expansion of the caregiver-support program to pre9/11 veterans. This expansion will be rolled out over time to ensure that a surge in demand doesn’t overwhelm the VA’s already strained information-technology systems. Once fully enacted, the VA Mission Act will ensure that the caregivers of veterans of all eras are provided equality in support. “VVA’s members have had to wait far too long, and have had to fight far too hard for these reforms,” continued Rowan. “The President must sign this legislation immediately.




All drinks provided by VVA Chapter 626.  Breakfast is optional at your own expense.  Come and reconnect with veterans in the

Helena community.    All veterans and their families welcome.   This is the first Saturday of every month and is posted in the Independent Record.

25th Anniversary ~ Vietnam Women’s Memorial Veteran’s Day Weekend — November 10th-11th, 2018

Join us in Washington, DC at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. Plans are underway for a series of events to commemorate this extraordinary landmark event. Official events begin on Saturday the 10th of November. The Embassy Suites, Downtown on 22nd Street between M and N Streets NW will be the host hotel, and suites will be available at a reduced rate (202-857-3388). This is the same hotel that was used for the 20th Anniversary. Check back for news of even more plans and events that may appear at

Saturday November 10th
• 10am-4pm: Vietnam Women’s Memorial Gift Shop opens at the Washington Embassy Suites Hotel, in the hospitality suite
• 6 p.m.: Candlelight Ceremony at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial on the National Mall

Sunday November 11th
• 9am – 12pm: Story Telling at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial: In Their Own Words
• 1:00 p.m.: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
• Following the Ceremony at the Wall (approximately 2:30pm): Group Picture for women veterans at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial

Vietnam Women’s Memorial Gift Shop will be open November 10th from 10am until 4pm. During this time special gifts representing the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and honoring the women who served will be available. The shop will be at the Headquarters Hotel listed below, located downtown on 22nd Street between M and N Streets NW. Items include commemorative pins, as well as other Vietnam Women’s Memorial patches, coins, and keepsakes.
Storytelling at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial: In Their Own Words is a program of speakers scheduled throughout the day. Speakers are scheduled at 30 minute intervals. Speakers may be women or men who served, family or friends, school children, or anyone who has a message about the meaning of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. ( and

Headquarters Hotel

There is a special group rate if you use the Group Code: VWM

Group Name: Vietnam Women’s Memorial at Eastern National
Hotel Name: Embassy Suites Washington DC Georgetown
Address: 1250 22nd Street NW
Washington D.C. 20037
Phone: 1-202-857-3388