During COVID-19, VA wait times are increasing rapidly. According to the OIG, the VA cancelled millions of appointments after March 15, 2020 and failed to follow up with affected veterans. The VA should ensure veterans have access to community providers as required by law.
With the prevalence of COVID-19, the VA should remove barriers for veterans accessing health care, including continuing to ensure access to community providers guaranteed by the VA MISSION Act. Wait times at the VA are increasing, and to ensure veterans can receive quality and timely care the VA should expand health care delivery options by increasing the use of telemedicine and community care.
VA wait times and appointment backlogs will continue to grow unless the VA leverages the options it has within the VA MISSION Act to ensure veterans have access to timely and quality care — whether via telemedicine, community care, or within the VA.
The VA and elected leaders in Washington need to hear from you. Tell them you support giving our veterans more choice and power over their own health care choices.
Sign the letter: Veterans deserve more health care options!