VA Veterans Choice Program (VCP)
US Veterans now qualify for 100% covered acupuncture and chiropractic treatments through the Veterans Choice Program.
Veterans can access VA health care benefit through TriWest network of community-based, non-VA medical professionals who meet VA quality standards at NO extra cost. Veterans are able to receive acupuncture and chiropractic treatment without any co-pay or co-insurance.
There has been a large shift in the mainstream medical community. The dangers of using opiate derived medications to treat chronic pain have overwhelmed the benefits of their prescribed use. Adverse results from long and short-term use have driven the medical community to search for more effective and safer treatments for these chronic pain patients. With thousands of retired veterans suffering from pain, the VA has implemented various new programs to help support veterans who suffer from chronic pain.
Dr. Kevin Kim, DC, LAc. at Golden Acupuncture & Chiropractic is a proud registered provider of Veterans Choice Program.
The Veterans Choice Program is open to all veterans. Many patients are eligible for authorizations, which may allow for weekly acupuncture visits. United States Department of Veterans Affairs covers all costs.
How To Start:
To use your Veterans Choice Program, you must first receive a referral from your VA doctor. The VA doctor reviews your condition and your needs and makes an assessment of your eligibility for the VCP. The common referral is for chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, and gastrointestinal issues.
Veterans – Your treatment is covered by Veterans Choice Program. You will need a referral or authorization from VA doctor.
Referrals or authorization must come directly from your VA Provider although the TriWest Healthcare Alliance administers the VCP program. Be sure to ask your VA provider for a specific referral to our office when getting authorization for acupuncture or chiropractic treatments under these programs. We do not recommend calling the Veterans Choice Hotline to get an authorization. Meeting directly with your VA Provider is more successful.
Veterans may be eligible to receive care through the Veterans Choice Program based on one or more of the following conditions:
- VA can’t provide the services the Veteran needs
- VA can’t make an appointment for the Veteran at the nearest VA medical facility within 30 days of the clinically indicated date (the date the Veteran and their VA provider agree should be the next date the Veteran is seen for care)—or, if VA can’t determine this date—the date the Veteran prefers to be seen next
- Veteran lives more than 40 miles (driving distance) from the nearest VA medical facility with a full-time primary care physician
- Has to travel by air, boat, or ferry to get to the nearest VA medical facility
- Veteran faces an excessive burden in traveling to the nearest VA medical facility (such as geographic challenges, environmental factors, or a health problem that makes it hard for you to travel)
VA will work with the Veteran to determine eligibility based on the above conditions and the Veteran’s specific circumstances. No patients will be denied the ability to access this care. You can also check if you’re eligible by visiting VA Benefits and Health Care website.