Secretary Takes Action
to Ensure Project ARCH Veterans Continue to Receive Care Closer to Home
Through Exemption in Choice Program
July 22, 2016
As the Project ARCH pilot program comes to an end next month, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald
announced that Veterans enrolled in the program will be able to continue receiving care closer to home. Taking advantage of
options available under the Veterans
Choice Program, such as the “unusual or excessive burden
provision” and Provider Agreements, Veterans receiving care under Project ARCH will continue care without interruption
when the pilot program ends August 7, 2016.
“There is nothing more important to
us than serving the Veterans who served our country,” said Secretary McDonald. “My commitment to those Veterans
under Project ARCH is that we will do everything within our control to make sure they maintain continuity of care in their
communities with the providers they know.”
Project ARCH operates in
Maine, Virginia, Kansas, Montana and Arizona. In anticipation of the program’s end, Project ARCH providers have been
contacted and invited to continue to provide health care to Veterans under the Veterans Choice Program.
“VA appreciates the Veterans and community providers who participated in the program,” said
Dr. Baligh Yehia, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care. “VA is employing lessons learned and
best practices from the program as we work to build one consolidated program for community care –
a program that delivers the best of both VA and the community.”
transitioning to the Veterans Choice Program are being contacted regarding their individual care.