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VA MISSION Act Urgent Care Benefits
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Veterans must have been seen in the VA system or by a VA community care provider within the last 24 months in order to use this benefit.
The urgent care benefit covers treatment of non-emergent symptoms such as flu-like symptoms (coughs and colds), wheezing, sprains, sore throats, painful urination, bumps and bruises, ear pain, and mild skin irritations, which are typically addressed by urgent care facilities and walk-in retail health clinics. Excluded from the benefit are preventive and dental services.
Important: While urgent care is a convenient benefit for the treatment of non-emergent symptoms, Veterans should always consider talking with or seeing their primary care provider if they are concerned that the community provider will not understand the complexities of their medical history or medications.
In addition, if you believe your life or health is in danger, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away.
More information can be found in the VA MISSION Act Urgent Care Fact Sheet.