The increased attention that substance use disorders and mental health issues have received in recent years has led to an increase in the amount of research and programming that the VA provides in this area. Besides receiving treatment at a VA health care facility, programs that veterans can use to help pay for substance abuse treatment include:
Tricare is the health insurance program for uniformed service members and their families. It also covers retirees from the military.
The Veteran’s Access, Choice, and Accountability act of 2014 made it possible for veterans to receive health care services at non-VA facilities. Federal funding for this program ended in 2018. Interim funding has been approved until the program can be replaced by the newer MISSION Act program.
When the VA is unable to provide the health care that veterans in a certain area need, the Community Care program allows these veterans to receive care through community providers. Unlike the Veteran’s Choice program, eligibility for Community Care is based on specific eligibility, need, and availability requirements.
Passed in 2018, the VA MISSION Act expands access to health care for veterans. By addressing gaps in service across all areas of VA health care provision, this act allows veterans to receive services at both VA and non-VA health care facilities. The act also closes gaps in service related to walk-in care and prescription drugs. The MISSION Act will eventually replace both the Veteran’s Choice program and Community Care.