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February 6, 2018

Ensuring Timely Access to Quality Care for US Veterans

Author Affiliations
  • 1Cigna Corp, Newton, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2018;319(5):439-440. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.20743

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is among the most comprehensive systems of assistance for veterans in the world. The VA provides services to veterans honorably discharged from the military during both war and peace times. The largest of these services is the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which has a long history of providing health care services to veterans who were either injured or became ill during their service to their country (“service-connected veterans”), and to veterans who are economically disadvantaged and must pass a means test to qualify for VHA care.