Veterans Choice Program
Saint Elizabeth Seton Medical Center is a care provider under the Veterans Choice Program. VCP allows veterans to receive care from community providers, paid for by the VA. For example, if a Veteran needs an appointment for care, and the VA can not provide the care in a timely manner or the nearest VA medical facility is too far away or too difficult to get to, then a Veteran may be eligible for care through the Veterans Choice Program. All of our locations are certified VCP providers giving veterans local access to therapy services throughout the western suburbs.
Veterans must receive prior authorization from VA to receive care from any of the providers that are a part of VA’s VCP network. The authorization is based on specific eligibility requirements and discussions with the Veteran’s VA provider. VA must authorize care that is needed beyond the scope of the first authorization.
Here are some of the eligibility requirements directly from VA.GOV’s website
Veterans may be eligible to receive care through the Veterans Choice Program based on one or more of the following conditions:
VA can’t provide the services the Veteran needs
VA can’t make an appointment for the Veteran at the nearest VA medical facility within 30 days of the clinically indicated date (the date the Veteran and their VA provider agree should be the next date the Veteran is seen for care)—or, if VA can’t determine this date—the date the Veteran prefers to be seen next
Veteran lives more than 40 miles (driving distance) from the nearest VA medical facility with a full-time primary care physician
Veteran has to travel by air, boat, or ferry to get to the nearest VA medical facility
Veteran faces an excessive burden in traveling to the nearest VA medical facility (such as geographic challenges, environmental factors, or a health problem that makes it hard for you to travel)