VA has made significant progress in its implementation of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA), which was signed into law on August 7, 2014. VA has since leveraged this law to further efforts to enhance its health care system and improve service delivery to better serve Veterans. The legislation called for the establishment of one entirely new benefit program, implementation of 21 program modifications or expansions, the completion of three required assessments, and creation of 12 supporting reports.
Though VA has worked to continuously improve since the enactment of VACAA, more work remains to expand timely access to high-quality health care for Veterans. Some of the specific areas in which progress has been made include:
- Implementation of the Veterans Choice Program
- Continued posting of publically available data
- Extension of the Project ARCH and TBI assisted living pilot programs
- Increase in graduate medical education residency positions
- Expansion of eligibility for MST-related treatment
- Expanded Fry Scholarship eligibility
- GI Bill resident rate requirements
- Clinic practice management and training
- Completion of independent assessments
- Increased availability of credential information
For details of each of these areas, please read the full Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act 2014 One Year Anniversary Highlights fact sheet.