Veterans Can Now Receive Care from St. John Health System Doctors through the Veterans Choice Program
Veterans are now able to receive care from St. John Health System doctors through the Veterans Choice Program, giving veterans the choice to receive care at St. John locations throughout Oklahoma and southeast Kansas. As part of Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare system and the world’s largest Catholic health system, St. John joins 23 other states and the District of Columbia in sustaining and improving the health of individuals and our communities by serving as an official provider of Veteran Care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Now qualified U.S. veterans who face wait times in excess of 30 days at the VA have or to travel farther than 40 miles from their home can receive care from St. John doctors at 116 sites of care in Oklahoma and Kansas.
The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 established funding to pay for healthcare services provided to veterans by private healthcare providers. Through the partnership, St. John physicians and other caregivers are authorized to provide primary care, inpatient and outpatient specialty care, and mental health care for eligible veterans outside of VA.
St. John and Ascension have established a contractual agreement with TriWest Healthcare Alliance and national provider registration with Health Net Federal Services, LLC — both are federal contractors to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As Veterans Choice Program contractors, TriWest and Health Net are designated by VA to implement the Veterans Choice Program and provide eligible veterans access to care in their community when the local VA facility cannot readily provide care.
Nearly 9 million veterans received the Veterans Choice Card. Use of the card is strictly voluntary; veterans who qualify for VA healthcare can continue to receive care at a VA medical facility as they have in the past. The program will end when the allocated funds of $10 billion are used or no later than August 7, 2017.
Veterans can determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program at www.va.gov/opa/choiceact or by calling the number on their Choice Card, 1-866-606-8198.
U.S. veterans, St. John patients and caregivers who are interested in learning more about the Veterans Choice Program are encouraged to visit www.ascension.org/veterans.