When VCP was first implemented (see below), the program was not intended to be run indefinitely and the VA, as senior coordinator, was not responsible. In 2017, the VA was able to remove barriers to the exchange of care and information with health care providers (thanks to the new legislation). Also known as the «Choice Act» or «Veterans Choice Act,» the Act is described as a multi-party attempt to address health problems that result in delays and difficulties in accessing care. The program was funded by the Veterans Choice Fund and asked the VA not only to access health care outside the VA system, but also to enter into contracts and partnerships with independent experts to assess the level and quality of «hospital care, medical services and other medical care processes in VA medical facilities.» All VCP agreements officially expired on June 6, 2019; the date of the program`s «sunset.» In order to comply with the MISSION Act of 2018, the VA abstains on June 6, 2019 from its Veterans Selection Program, a program that has allowed Veterans in VA to see non-community suppliers based on certain qualification requirements. The MISSION Act and the new Veterans Community Care Program will streamline the process to facilitate the care of Veterans they need. The original program was due to expire in 2017, but the legislation extended the sunset date; Public Act 115-26 allowed the program to go beyond the original expiry of August 7, 2017 and continue to operate until the initial funding (approximately $10 billion) was spent. In addition, this public right also provided more than $2 billion in additional funding to support the program. Veteran patients can still use their original service provider, which they selected under the previous PCV, but this may depend on whether or not there is an PCV provider agreement. In addition, participation in the contractual network must be ensured with the va-approved third party.
If you have any questions about your current provider, call your nearest VA Medical Center. VCP has been replaced by a program called Veterans Community Care (VCC). This replacement came after a «planned obsolescence» for VCP – it was created for a certain period (three years or until the expiry of funds for the program) and was to be operated «separately from Vae`s existing program for supplying veterans out of the VA system» according to the official va-va website.