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Latest VA Urgent Care Updates

Oct 31, 2022
A surge in respiratory syncytial virus is putting severe strain on children's hospitals nationwide. Hospitals first began seeing the unseasonable RSV rise in August. Now, many are reporting a case increase of over 300 percent compared to last month. (Becker's)
Oct 28, 2022
Flu-related hospitalizations nationwide have risen dramatically in recent weeks, reaching levels historically not seen until much later in flu season, according to data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (NBC News)

VA Urgent Care FAQs

  • Can veterans use their VA Benefits at urgent care?

    Yes. Under the MISSION Act beginning June 6, 2019, veterans can go to a community healthcare provider, including urgent care, but with a few restrictions:

    • The urgent care provider must be part of the VA’s contracted network of community healthcare providers or the veteran may have to pay the full cost of care.
    • VA won’t pay your urgent care bill if you go for preventative care or dental services. The urgent care benefit is not intended to replace a normal doctor.
    • You must be enrolled in VA healthcare and received care through the VA within 24 months to be eligible for the urgent care benefit.
    • Only eligible veterans can use the benefit. Family members cannot use it.
    • You may be charged a copayment for your urgent care visit, based on how many times you’ve gone to urgent care and what your assigned veteran priority group is. Some may pay nothing for the first three visits, then $30 per visit to urgent care for the fourth and subsequent visit in a single calendar year. Others will pay $30 per visit regardless of number of visits. Flu shots at urgent care will never require a copay.
    • There is no limit on the number of times an eligible veteran can access urgent care.
    • Copayments are not paid by the veteran out-of-pocket. The VA will bill you separately.
    • VA also will pay for or fill prescriptions from urgent care, but if the medication is longer than a 14-day supply, the prescription must be submitted and filled by the VA. Some veterans may be required to pay a copay for medication.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs official site has a warning: “If an eligible Veteran goes to an out-of-network urgent care provider, they may be required to pay the full cost of care.”

  • Will the VA cover all community urgent care visits?

    According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, urgent care options for veterans are available for “non-emergent symptoms” including flu-like symptoms, colds, coughs, wheezing, sore throats, ear pain, bumps, bruises, sprains, painful urination, and minor skin irritations. Additionally, some vaccines, x-rays, some lab testing, and some medications are also covered. If you are concerned about the complexity of your medical history, it is best to seek treatment from your primary care doctor at the VA rather than visiting an urgent care center.

    The MISSION Act includes an update to the VA benefit policy for urgent care “for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, such as colds, sore throats, and minor skin infections.” This is offered “in addition to the opportunity to receive care from a VA provider,” since some same-day services are available at many VA facilities around the country.

  • What’s the process for accessing urgent care with TRICARE?

    While a referral is not necessary for a veteran to access a community urgent care clinic, it is best to contact your nearest VA medical facility to check your eligibility for the urgent care benefits mentioned above. Following your urgent care visit, the clinic must file a claim with he VA in order to be paid and any follow-up medical documents must be sent to the veteran’s home VA medical facility.

  • Do TRICARE plans also allow for urgent care visits?

    While separate from the VA urgent care benefit, most TRICARE plans support urgent care visits. There are a variety of TRICARE plans covering veterans, each of which have their own stipulations relating to urgent care and other community healthcare providers. The three primary buckets including TRICARE Prime Plans, TRICARE Select plans, and the US Family Health Plan. Below is a summary of the urgent care benefits available within each plan type.

  • What is the MISSION Act?

    Signed into law on June 6, 2018 and replacing the expiring CHOICE Act, the VA MISSION Act of 2018, commonly referred to simply as the MISSION Act, is designed to improve VA healthcare for veterans, addressing in-network and non-VA healthcare. Endorsed by over 30 veteran service organizations (VSOs) and going into effect on June 6, 2019, the MISSION Act broadens healthcare access to veterans to include telehealth and community providers, including non-VA urgent care and walk-in clinics.

  • When should I go to an urgent care?

    When you are suffering from a minor injury or illness that doesn’t necessitate a visit to an emergency room, a trip to a local urgent care center may be the best option, particularly if your primary care provider isn’t available or you can’t get into see them. Urgent care centers diagnose and treat a wide array of healthcare conditions including the flu or common cold, immunizations (such as flu shots), symptoms including fever, headaches, cough, sneezing, and chills, sprains and fractures, and more. Additionally, many clinics offer after-hours care and often open their doors on weekends and holidays, making urgent care an accessible and affordable healthcare option for many consumers.

What is a VA Urgent Care?

Thanks to the VA MISSION Act of 2018, United States Veterans now have access to community urgent care centers without a referral, supplementing the care they may have access to at their local VA medical facility. This opens the door for Veterans and their families to utilize many urgent care and convenient care clinics throughout the country while taking advantage of their VA benefits. Below are a list of urgent care and retail clinics near you that Solv has identified as accepting of this VA benefit. Veterans must go to a clinic in the VA's contracted network in order to take advantage of this benefit, state they they are using the VA urgent care program, and the clinic will the verify the Veteran’s eligibility before providing healthcare services. Browse the urgent care centers near you and always call to confirm both your eligibility and the clinics current contract status before visiting.

To make sure you have a smooth experience, please review the information on this page to understand the requirements and limitations associated with this benefit. To access an in-network urgent care provider, you must:

  • Be eligible.
  • Go to an in-network urgent care provider.
  • Pay a VA copayment (if applicable) after the visit, which is billed separately by VA.

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