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VA adjusts access standards as part of Mission Act

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The eligibility criteria and final standards, which were based on VA’s analysis and research, are expected to go into effect in June. They are based on average drive time and appointment wait times. Among VA’s proposed changes:

• Appointment wait-time standards of 20 days for primary care, mental health care and non-institutional extended care services; and 28 days for specialty care from the date of request with certain exceptions.
• A 30-minute average drive time standard for primary care, mental health care and non-institutional extended care services.
• A 60-minute average drive time standard for specialty care.
Veterans who are unable to access care within those standards would be able to choose between eligible community providers and care at a VA medical facility.

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