Veterans can now seek same-day care for minor illnesses and injuries at any of MainStreet Family Urgent Care’s 16 locations in Alabama, including the Oneonta clinic, with costs covered according to the veteran’s priority group status. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has authorized the change in connection with the VA Mission Act, implemented in early June. With urgent care access and extended evening and weekend hours, disabled veterans have an alternative to waiting for an appointment and traveling to see a VA doctor.
The new program allows veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system and who have visited a VA doctor, or a civilian doctor under the VA Choice program, to see an urgent care doctor for free if:
• the veteran is eligible for the benefit;
• the urgent care provider is part of the VA’s contracted network; and
• the services sought are not excluded under the VA benefit (e.g. preventive care and dental services).
Veterans should verify with the VA that they are eligible for the benefit and that the treatment they seek is covered under the program. Otherwise they could be billed for the full cost of services provided.
Veterans in priority groups 1 to 5, as well as some veterans in priority group 6, can visit an authorized urgent care center for free up to three times every year. After that, each visit will cost $30. Veterans in priority groups 7 and 8 will have a $30 co-payment for each visit. However, the VA will bill for the co-pay after the visit.
Not every urgent care facility is approved by the VA to treat veterans, but all of MainStreet Family Urgent Care’s locations are approved locations. Veterans can find a map of MainStreet’s other locations online at www.mainstreetfamilycare.com.
“We are thrilled to show veterans what the MainStreet family is all about,” said Sam Eskildsen, chief executive officer. “We look forward to serving veterans, just as they have served our country.”