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VA RURAL ACCESS UPDATE September 14, 2008

Posted by Service Officer on September 14th, 2008

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will open 10 new Rural Outreach Clinics by 2009 to increase the convenience of care for thousands of veterans living in rural areas. The clinics will provide primary care services, case management and mental health services. Each outreach clinic will be part of a VA network, maintaining VA’s quality standards and access to larger VA facilities for specialized needs. The 10 new clinics include a facility recently put in operation in


Aroostook County ME. Scheduled to begin operation this October are facilities in Houston County GA, Juneau County AK, and Wasco County OR. Clinics to be operational by AUG 09 are in Winnemucca NV, Yreka CA, Utuado Puerto Rico, Lagrange TX, Montezuma Creek UT; and Manistique MI. The Department’s recent outreach to veterans in rural areas includes:

• The Creation of a 13-member Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee to advise Peake on issues affecting veterans in rural areas (www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1511);

• Announcement of the roll-out in early 2009 of four new mobile health clinics to serve veterans in 24 predominately rural counties (www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1552);

• Announcement of three new Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers — in White River Junction, VT; Iowa City IA; and Salt Lake City — to develop practices and products that will improve health care for veterans in rural areas (www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1548);

• Nearly tripling the mileage reimbursement — from 11 cents per mile to 28.5 cents per mile — paid to veterans who travel significant distances to receive VA health care (www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1447

<http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1447> ); and

• Creation of a “Travel Nurse Corps” to augment existing nursing staff in needed areas <http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1466> ).

[Source: VA Media Relations 12 Sep 08 ++]

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