More veterans could access private sector health care under new guidelines the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Wednesday and which will be put in place by June.
Veterans who live more than 30 minutes from a VA clinic or who are waiting more than 20 days for appoints would have more options to get care outside the system, according to Military Times. The current standards are for 40-minute drives and 30-day waits.
Congress mandated that the VA establish new standards for who can access outside care.
“The future of the VA health care system will lie in the hands of veterans, exactly where it should be,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said.