If you are a Veteran interested in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for your health care, you can contact us for a free consultation to discuss your needs and see if we can help you.
IMPORTANT: To schedule a Veterans Choice Program appointment please do not call your provider until you called 866-606-8198 first.
Acupuncture for veterans – VA Veteran’s Choice Program
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. Veterans 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:
Lack of available specialists.
Long waiting time (within 30 days of the date the Veteran’s physician determines he/she needs to be seen, or within 30 days of the date the Veteran wishes to be seen
Extraordinary distance from the Veteran’s home – The Veteran needs to travel by air, boat, or ferry to the VA medical facility closest to his/her home, OR The Veteran lives more than 40 miles driving distance from a VA medical facility with a full-time primary care physician.
Veterans are required to access this VA health care benefit through Health Net comprehensive network of community-based, non-VA medical professionals who meet VA quality standards. These highly qualified providers are contracted as part of Health Net Accredited Patient-Centered Community Care (PCCC, PC3) network and proudly serve our Veterans today in PCCC and in VCP programs.
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 but as of recently for Anxiety and PTSD.
Through this program, the referrals are made for Acupuncture which is clinically proven to be efficient and effective for pain and anxiety. For more about Acupuncture, please see Acupuncture category on our web site.
Once the Veteran is assessed and determined eligible for the Veterans Choice Program, the VA issues the authorization to Health Net who then contacts me to schedule the appointment and provide me with an authorization for treatment.
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.
The Veteran’s specific health care needs, including the nature and frequency of the care needed, warrants participation in the program. Staff at the Veteran’s local VA medical facility will work with him/her to determine if he/she is eligible for any of these reasons.