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Rural Veterans and Access to Healthcare – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Feb 26, 2021 - The Veterans Health Administration is seeking comment on an information collection related to forms used to administer the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). PCAFC is used to provide family caregivers of eligible veterans benefits including, but not limited to, training, respite care, counseling, and technical support. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 23, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Defense waiving the requirement for TRICARE Prime enrollees to receive a referral before obtaining care so they can receive a COVID-19 vaccine from any TRICARE-authorized non-network provider without incurring point-of-service charges. This waiver does not include Active Duty Service Members. This waiver is effective December 13, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 19, 2021 - Highlights efforts by healthcare workers to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans in rural and hard-to-reach areas across the country. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sent doses by plane to rural Montana and partnered with tribal healthcare organizations to reach veterans in rural Alaska.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Feb 16, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opened a new ATLAS (Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations) site at a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post in rural Pennsylvania. The ATLAS site provides services such as mental health and nutrition counseling, primary care, and social work visits, improving rural veterans' access to care.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Feb 11, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) organized a private charter plane to deliver 400 COVID-19 vaccines for high-risk veterans in remote Montana. VA staff from four different locations helped to plan the mass vaccination event and distribute the vaccines to rural veterans.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Jan 28, 2021 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee (VRHAC). The VRHAC advises the VA Secretary on ways to improve and enhance access to VA healthcare services for Veterans in rural areas. Nominations are due by February 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 6, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its Digital Divide Consult has helped more than 12,000 Veterans obtain internet access or a video-capable device for their healthcare needs. Discusses how the program helps to provide solutions for veterans who are homeless, live in rural areas, or are older than 45, as they are less likely to have access to telehealth services.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Last Updated: 2/26/2021