IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE CHOICE CARD (VACAA CARD)

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE CHOICE CARD (VACAA CARD)
Many veterans have recently received a white card in the mail from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA).  This card is called the Choice Card or VACAA Card.  VACAA stands for the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, a law enacted by Congress and signed by President Obama in August to improve health care for Veterans.
These cards do not give a veteran permission to go wherever they want, whenever they want for health care.  This is not a fee basis card for emergency treatment!
You must call the USDVA at 866-606-8198 to get permission before using this card.  The veteran who mistakenly uses this card without VA pre-approval will most likely be held responsible for the medical charges.
Distribution of the Choice Card began on November 4, 2014 and ended in January 2015.  All cards should be received by mid-February 2015.
The cards were born out of the desire of the USDVA to make sure veterans did not have to wait for medical care in light of the problems experienced last year in dealing with waiting times for veterans to see a primary care physician.  The Choice Card is designed to supplement the care you receive at your VA medical facility, not replace or limit that care.
The Choice Card provides a safety net for Veterans who are on a USDVA waiting list because a health care appointment could not be provided to them within 30 days of their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their physician or who live more than 40 miles from the closest VA medical facility.
If you believe those circumstances apply to you, contact the USDVA at 866-606-8198 to verify that you are eligible to use the card. Once they determine eligibility, they will help you through the process of obtaining an appointment for care.
If you would like to obtain a regular Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC), you can apply at your local County Veteran Service Office in your county of residence:   http://www.cacvso.org/county-contacts/
The VHIC is issued only to Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system.

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS
SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED

For more information, contact your local County Veterans Service Officerhttp://www.cacvso.org/county-contacts/