October 17, 2017 Maryville, Tennessee
During the October 17, 2017 of the United Veterans of Blount County (UVBC) monthly meeting, a motion to accept Vet to Vet Tennessee as their newest Veterans Organization was approved unanimously.
Currently the organization’s members are: American Legion Post 13 & Auxiliary, Maryville AMVETS Post 22 & Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans Blount County Chapter 76 & Auxiliary, Military Order Purple Heart Sam Houston Chapter 1814 & Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Blount County Post 5154 & Auxiliary, World War 1 Barracks 3074 and Veterans of Foreign Wars John J. Duncan, Sr. Memorial Post 10855.Click here to Read More
V2VT has been serving Blount County since 2011 and are currently working with Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell and VSO Nathan Weinbaum for a special Vietnam War Commemoration program for this year’s Blount County Veterans Day celebration. The Veterans Day event attendees has overflowed the Court House in the past two years, therefore, UVBC approved to accept RIO Revolution Church’s offer to conduct the 2017 Blount County event at their location at 3419 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37804.
Guest speaker for the event is US Army Ia Drang survivor and President of V2VT Freddie J. Owens.
Click here to view UVBC’s Facebook page. Pray and work…for God and Country.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2017
Replaces Current ‘30-day/40-mile’ System With Patient/Provider-centric Decision-making
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has presented the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees with the administration’s draft proposal of the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act, designed to improve Veterans’ experiences with and access to health care, building on the best features of VA’s existing community care programs and strengthening VA’s ability to furnish care in its facilities.
In order to meet Veterans’ needs quickly and in a way that is easy to understand, the bill aims to:Click here to Read More
Clarify and simplify eligibility requirements,
- Set the framework for VA to continue to build a high-performing network,
- Streamline clinical and administrative processes,
- Implement new care coordination support for Veterans, and
- Merge and modernize community care programs.
“We want Veterans to work with their VA physicians to make informed decisions that are best for their clinical needs, whether in the VA or in the community, and this bill does just that, while strengthening VA services at the same time,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin.
The bill would replace the current wait-time and distance eligibility criteria under the Choice Program (“30-day/40-mile”) with criteria that:
- Place the Veteran and his or her physician at the center of the decision process on how and where to get the best care available,
- Ensure VA is improving medical facilities and staffing levels to meet Veterans’ needs in areas where VA care is substandard, and
- Offer options for Veterans to use a network of walk-in clinics for minor illnesses and injuries.
The CARE Act also includes:
- Proposals for new workforce tools to assist in maintaining and strengthening VA’s world-class medical staff,
- A number of business process enhancements to improve financial management of the Community Care program
- Provisions that would strengthen VA’s ability to partner with other federal agencies and streamline VA’s real property management authorities.
More information about access to care at the VA can be found at: https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/
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October 15, 2017 Mountain Home, Tennessee
Recently we viewed the secure messaging page on MyHealtheVet website and found new contacts in the “To: “ dropdown list. The list now includes Chaplaincy, Dental, Eligibility, Patient Advocate and Prosthetics.
This is a good opportunity to connect with the VA. If you are not enrolled in MyHealtheVet click here.