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Community Care Programs Overview

VA has provided care in the community for more than 70 years. While the program to deliver care has changed over time, our objective to increase access to health care closer to home for Veterans remains constant. At present, VA offers various programs for Veterans to access community care when services are not available at a VA facility or when distance makes these services inaccessible. VA’s goal is to deliver community care through a single consolidated program that is easy to understand, simple to administer, and meets the needs of Veterans and their families, community providers, and VA staff.

VA serves more than 360,000 beneficiaries nationwide through our Veteran community care programs, and although more limited in scope, we also provide services to eligible caregivers and dependents through family programs like those listed below. We start by ensuring our Veterans and their families, community providers, and VA staff has easy to understand eligibility information.

More community providers than ever before are partnering with VA meaning increased access to high-quality care for Veterans across the country. The Community Care Provider Network, now totaling over 445,950 providers nationwide, leverages relationships with our community partners and VA stakeholders to ensure that Veterans needs are met.

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