ARLINGTON, Va. — The VA publicly released on Jan. 30 its draft standards for the new community care program mandated by the VA MISSION Act.

In a release commending the VA, Concerned Veterans for America Executive Director Dan Caldwell said the proposed standards would help give vets “more control over their health care” and help make the VA “more veteran-centric.”

Endorsed by more than 30 veteran service organizations, the VA MISSION Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump in June 2018.

The legislation is meant to stabilize and reform the VA’s health care system by consolidating the VA’s community care programs, defining clear standards for when a veteran can access care outside the VA, and initiating a review of the department’s infrastructure.

The law also aims to reform the VA’s reimbursement and record-sharing systems for community providers.

For years, CVA has advocated for substantial health care reforms at the VA.

CVA’s Fixing Veterans Health Care task force argues that veterans should have the option to take their earned health care benefits and use them to access care at the VA or in the private sector.

The VA release can be found at