The VA's proposed new access standards were published in the Federal Register late last month. The period for public comment continues until March 25. With the proposed rules, the wait-times standards would be 20 days for primary and mental health care, and 28 days for specialty care, from the date of request. The new rules would also be based on drive times rather than mileage. Veterans would be eligible for private care if they faced a 30-minute drive to the nearest VA facility. The drive times go up to 60 minutes, and the wait times to 28 days, for certain types of specialty care. Veterans can comment by visiting the Federal Register website. Read more about reaction to the proposed rules on Military.com.
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