CHCCW Launches Community Care Program for Veterans

Central Wyoming Community Health Center is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with TriWest, the third-party administrator for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to launch the Veterans Community Care Program, at its facilities in Natrona and Fremont counties.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its new Enhanced Community Care Program for Veterans on June 6, 2019, implementing portions of the Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated External Networks Act of 2018. (MISSION Act), which terminated the Veterans Affairs Act. Choice Program and establishes a new community care program for veterans. Under the new Community Care for Veterans program, veterans can work with their VA healthcare provider or other VA staff to see if they are eligible to receive community care based on new criteria. . Eligibility for community care does not require a veteran to receive that care in the community, veterans can still choose to have the VA provide their care. Veterans can choose to receive care in the community if they meet certain criteria.

The Community Health Center will offer eligible Veterans the opportunity to receive emergency care at its selected locations. This benefit now offers eligible Veterans greater choice and access to timely, high-quality care. Emergency care providers treat injuries and illnesses that need immediate attention but are not life threatening. Benefits supplement care that veterans may also access at a VA medical facility. Urgent care the benefit also includes access to pharmacy services. For urgent prescriptions written by an emergency care provider, veterans can fill a 14-day supply of medication at a contracted pharmacy within the VA network.

These benefits will allow veterans better access to care,” said Carl J. Harris, director of operations at the health center, “where time and distance are a barrier to care for treatment of non-emergency symptoms requiring immediate attention. , like the flu. like symptoms, strep throat, minor burns, pink eye, or ear and skin infections, this new emergency care program will give veterans more health options. There are over 9,000 veterans between Fremont and Natrona counties, we serve all patients with dignity, compassion and respect, and in the case of our nation’s and our state’s veterans, it’s simply the good thing to do.

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