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News by Topic: Veterans

Dec 26, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking comments on a proposed rule that would establish a Specialty Education Loan Repayment Program to assist in meeting staffing needs for physicians in medical specialties that the VA has determined are difficult to fill. Comments are due on or before February 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 13, 2019 - Together with Veterans is a suicide prevention program funded by the Veterans Health Administration, Office of Rural Health to provide training and coaching for communities with a high proportion of rural veterans.
Source: Texas Public Radio
Dec 13, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces their intent to create a pilot program to increase access to dental care for enrolled veterans who do not otherwise qualify for dental services through the VA. The program will connect veterans with community-based, pro bono or discounted, dental service providers and aims to improve the overall health of veterans while decreasing healthcare related costs. While initial outreach for the program will target veterans in metropolitan areas who have greater access to discounted services and pro bono providers, if the pilot is successful, it could be rolled out in rural areas. Comments on the pilot program are due by January 13, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 10, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces its partnership with Walmart to provide healthcare to veterans in five rural communities. Patients will be able to meet with a VA provider in a private room via video technology, services may include primary care, nutrition, mental health, and social work.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Dec 10, 2019 - A Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Colorado hired a new physician to treat patients and train other medical professionals to practice at rural VA hospitals around the country. Describes the Commission Corps Officer program and its intent to address doctor shortages in rural America.
Source: The Daily Sentinel
Dec 5, 2019 - Announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of funding and grant application information for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. The program focuses on ending homelessness among veterans and seeks to support services equitably across geographic regions, including rural and tribal areas. Eligibility is limited to existing grantees only. Grant applications are due January 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 22, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces findings of a 17 percent increase in the use of telehealth among veterans in fiscal year 2019. Includes information on the VA's Anywhere to Anywhere initiative, the VA Video Connect app, and the ATLAS program, which were implemented to increase access to healthcare for veterans, no matter their location.
Source: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Nov 21, 2019 - Notice of proposed rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to amend regulations regarding the VA's collection of reimbursement for medical services provided for the treatment of nonservice-connected conditions. Comments on the proposed rule are due by January 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register