May 01, 2019

Impact of the VA MISSION Act on the Provision of Healthcare for Veterans with Catastrophic Disabilities

Heather Ansley and Linda Blauhut, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Washington, DC

Introduction

On June 6, 2018, President Trump signed the VA MISSION Act of 2018.1 The Act represents a seismic shift in the way the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers healthcare to veterans: It will affect every veteran who receives healthcare from VA, and particularly affect catastrophically disabled veterans who are completely dependent upon VA for care.

To understand the enormity of the change – and its potential effect on veterans with catastrophic disabilities – it is helpful to look at how VA provides healthcare and what led to the VA MISSION Act.

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