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Health Agencies Update
October 24/31, 2012

Care for Rural Veterans

JAMA. 2012;308(16):1621. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14395

Through a partnership between the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Veterans Affairs (VA), nearly $1 million in grants have been set aside to expand access to telehealth and other services for veterans living in rural areas. The states of Virginia, Montana, and Alaska, which all have large populations of veterans, will each receive about $300 000 to create or upgrade telehealth services for veterans who must travel long distances to access medical care, including services for mental or behavioral health issues. Some of the funds will be used to create electronic medical records that are compatible with the VA's electronic records system to facilitate collaboration between VA facilities and private hospitals or clinics.