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Rapid COVID Testing for Veterans

Timely information provided by Harriet Nix

The Veterans Affairs Mission Act became law on June 6, 2019. Whereas this Act provided easier access to care for routine medical issues, the information about the details has not been broadly or effectively explained or provided to most Veterans. This new program allows Veterans who are enrolled in the VA Health Care System, and who have visited a VA doctor, or a Primary Care Physician under the VA Choice Program, to see an Urgent Care doctor at no charge, under certain circumstances.

Veterans in Priority Groups 1 to 5, as well as some Veterans in Priority Group 6, can visit an authorized Urgent Care Center with no cost, up to three times every year. After that, each visit will cost $30. Veterans in Priority Groups 7 and 8 will have a $30 co-payment for each visit.

Veterans wishing to be tested for COVID-19, may do so at an authorized Urgent Care Center in their locality. Inform the staff, that you are requesting A COVID Rapid Test. Results are usually obtained in one hour.

The facility will make a phone call to verify eligibility. It’s as simple as that. Going through the Primary Care Physician will cause unnecessary delays.

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