ASHEVILLE — The Charles George VA Medical Center is adding new resources for veterans seeking urgent care services.
The medical center implemented the MISSION Act as a supplement to VA Care on June 6. One of the lesser-known provisions of the law established a new urgent care benefit that allows eligible veterans access to urgent and walk-in care at participating clinics in their communities.
The changes should provide added convenience for patients, as eligible veterans do not need to get prior authorization from the VA to visit an urgent care provider in the VA’s network.
This urgent care benefit is meant to give veterans a convenient way to get treatment for minor injuries and illnesses such as colds, strep throat and pink eye. To be eligible for urgent and walk-in care, Veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system and have received care through the VA from either a VA or community provider within the past 24 months.
The VA has created a video outlining the new resources and how veterans can access them, which can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2xDP9Dm.
Within a 100-mile radius of zip code 28805, the VA has 116 urgent clinics that have joined the VA network of care and growing. To find a list of nearby urgent clinics, visit https://vaurgentcarelocator.triwest.com/Locator/Care.
Charles George VAMC serves approximately 48,000 local veterans every year.