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West Texas VA Health Care System to implement VA Mission Act of 2018 on June 6, 2019.


On Thursday, June 6th, the West Texas VA Health Care System will undergo the implementation of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018, also called the VA MISSION Act of 2018. Under this health care legislation, Veterans can expect a variety of improvements to community care.


Here, Dr. Shawkat “Shaw” Dhanani, Chief of Staff for the West Texas VA Health Care System, told KBest News that it will make it easier for veterans to be deferred to the care in the community, and streamlines it.


Dr. Dhanani advised that the eligibility criteria will be changed, so instead of 30-day wait times for primary care and mental health, it’ll be changed to 20 days. For specialty care, the wait time will change to 28 days.


Dr. Dhanani went on to explain that the VA is more familiar with the unique needs of veterans, which will result in better care and more coordination if they can provide the care. He also noted that the average wait time within the VA is shorter than within the community.


For more information on this the VA MISSION Act of 2018, check out the fact sheets below.


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