Act gives Veterans greater access to health care in VA
facilities and the community, expands benefits for caregivers, and
improves VA’s ability to recruit and retain the best medical
As part of the VA MISSION Act, we’re working to give more
family caregivers access to the Program of Comprehensive
Assistance for Family Caregivers so we can support them
as they care for Veterans of all eras. Currently, this program is
only available to eligible Veterans injured in the line of duty on
or after September 11, 2001.
VA is currently not accepting applications for Veterans of other
Once the Secretary has certified that VA’s new caregiver
information technology system is fully implemented, we will be
expanding eligibility for our Program of Comprehensive Assistance
for Family Caregivers. Once the system is certified, VA will begin
accepting applications in 2 phases:
First, family caregivers of Veterans who were seriously
injured in the line of duty on or before May 7, 1975, will
become eligible for this program.
After 2 years, family caregivers of Veterans who were
seriously injured in the line of duty between
May 7, 1975, and September 10, 2001, will become eligible.
Currently, caregivers of Veterans
from all eras may be eligible for
training, education, respite care services, the Caregiver
Support Line, self-care courses, and other
services. We provide general support for caregivers of any
enrolled Veteran, regardless of how or when
they were injured.
In addition to general support,
caregivers in our Program of Comprehensive
Family Caregivers may receive a monthly stipend, beneficiary
travel, mental health counseling,
services, and other benefits.
Veterans can use VA health care services
nationwide, including through mobile health clinics that serve
rural areas and via telehealth (care
through a phone or computer). Note: You need to be enrolled in VA
health care to use community care
benefits. For general MISSION Act health care inquiries,
contact VA311 (1-844-698-2311).
enrolled in VA health care yet?
To receive care from VA or a community provider, you must be
enrolled in VA health care. Apply
online, by mail, or in person.
MISSION Act, you’ll have more ways to
health care. This
includes within VA’s network and through
approved non-VA medical providers in your community, called
“community care providers. Depending on your
situation—for example, if a certain type of health service isn’t
provided by VA—you
may be able to go to a non-VA provider, using your VA coverage.
appointments with non-VA providers
To obtain community care, you must receive prior approval
April 2020, Veterans will no longer be required to provide
signed, written authorization for VA to
release electronic health information to community providers for
the purposes of receiving medical treatment. VA only
shares Veteran health information with a specific community
provider when a Veteran is seeking medical care from that
Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
In the proposed rule, VA seeks to standardize eligibility by expanding the definition of serious injury to include any service-connected disability — regardless of whether it resulted from an injury, illness or disease — defining what it means to be in need of personal care services, and ensuring that the eligibility criteria capture the personal care service needs of Veterans and Servicemembers with cognitive or neurological impairment or mental health conditions, among other things.
Open for Comment Until: May 5, 2020