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June 30, 2020

The VA MISSION Act and the Future of Veterans’ Access to Quality Health Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • 2Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas
  • 3Boston University Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4VA Boston Health Care System, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 5Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 6Birmingham VA Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama
JAMA. 2020;324(4):343-344. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4505

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has long partnered with the non-VA health care community to ensure veterans receive timely or specialty care unavailable within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Historically, this was provided through the VA’s fee-based Patient-Centered Community Care programs and then through the Veterans Choice Act of 2014. In June 2019, the final rule for the Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act was enacted as a replacement for the Choice Program.1

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