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U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has framed an objection to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie over the implementation in Colorado of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) MISSION Act. The bipartisan act became law in 2018, and requires the VA to develop a Community Care Program to streamline and improve health care options for all veterans.

“Since the beginning of the implementation of the [VA MISSION] Act on June 6, 2019, my office has been reaching out to veterans, veteran service organizations, and providers in Colorado to ensure they have the information they need to successfully participate in this new structure,” wrote Bennet. “These conversations have revealed some gaps in the public’s access to information and understanding around the implementation of the MISSION Act, and more specifically, raised concerns about current inconsistencies within access to care standards established under the implementation.”

Bennet is proposing additional VA information sessions across Colorado to address the information gaps between veterans and providers. His letter also specifically requested that the VA take adequate steps to provide rural veterans the information they need to access care under the new law. He is asking for efficient management of provider authorizations and payments, and clear communication to access urgent care facilities.

“Colorado remains one of the top destinations for veterans and their families to live, and the VA MISSION Act has the potential to greatly improve the lives of those who have served and improve access to care earned,” wrote Bennet. “I hope the VA will continue to invest in this region to meet the needs of Rocky Mountain veterans.”

The text of Bennet’s letter is available HERE.