Veterans Enrolled in Project ARCH Will Continue Care Through Choice Program
In 2014, President Obama signed the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 into public law. This Act called for several programs and initiatives to improve health care access for veterans. Among those provisions was the extension of Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) through August 7, 2016.
Project ARCH was a pilot program designed to allow veterans with certain travel burdens to utilize care with selected non-VA providers closer to their home. The program ran in five sites across the country with a smaller VA facility presence and a larger number of rural veterans.
Now that the program is ending, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will grandfather these veterans into Project ARCH’s successor, the Veterans Choice Program (VCP). Participating veterans will likely not see an interruption in care or have to switch providers because the VA invited has participating veterans’ current non-VA providers to the VCP. The VA has stated that it will be contacting enrolled veterans about the transition.
The VA declined to provide information on whether or not the pilot program was successful and if the Department will implement it in other areas.
Regular Healthcare is Important for Veterans’ Disability Benefits
Comprehensive medical records — from your active duty years to well after your discharge — are critical to filing a veterans’ disability benefits claim. Your VA healthcare records need to show that your health condition developed during or due to your military service.
The Disability Help Group can assist you in providing this evidence. To see how one of our disability advocates can help you gather the necessary evidence and file a claim or appeal a denial, contact us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation.