The Veterans Choice Act (VCA), is a law that provides funding for veterans who seek treatment outside the VA. The law stipulates that the veteran must live 40 miles away from the nearest hospital or be unable to get an appointment within 30 days, however, because there are no acupuncturist currently working in the VA everyone who qualifies for medically covered through the Department of Veteran Affairs automatically qualifies for 100% covered Acupuncture treatments through the designated acupuncturist as “Choice Providers,” to administer treatment for veterans.
HOW THE VCA WORKS
- The VA will pay 100% for acupuncture treatments
- Veteran will need to contact their VA doctor and ask for authorization to see a “Choice Provider.”
- Once acupuncturist receives the authorization, the veteran can begin treatments.
- The number of treatments a veteran receives depends on the condition being treated.
Conditions that can be addressed through the program range from pain management, opioid addiction, PTSD, to insomnia and digestive issues among others.
“Many veterans are suffering from chronic pain. The Veterans Choice Program offers an opportunity for veterans to benefit from acupuncture, a safe and effective modality to relieve suffering without cost to the veterans,” said Vonda Muncy L.Ac, Dipl. Ac from Soul Potential Acupuncture, a VCA Choice Provider in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Acupuncture is known to help with a variety of issues ranging from mental health, chronic pain and general wellness.
“As a former soldier and stage IV cancer survivor, I have suffered for many years with low back pain and nephropathy. I have been seeing Vonda for over 3 weeks and have noticed amazing results from the acupuncture treatments. Thank you for all you do,” said Archie, a VCA patient at Soul Potential Acupuncture.