Community Care for Veterans - VA San Diego Healthcare System
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VA San Diego Healthcare System


Community Care for Veterans

VA coordinates health care for Veterans from community providers in the local San Diego area. Veterans may be eligible to receive care from a community provider when the VA cannot provide the care they need, or the wait time for their care exceeds VA wait time standards. This care is provided on behalf of and paid for by the VA. Community care is available to Veterans based on certain conditions and eligibility requirements. A VA provider must first authorize community care before a Veteran can receive care from a community provider.
What is the VA MISSION Act?

On June 6, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed landmark legislation known as the VA MISSION Act of 2018. The Act affects many VA programs, including changes that make dramatic improvements to how Veterans receive health care provided outside of VA facilities.  With the implementation of the MISSION Act, the Veterans Choice Program ended.

Will I be eligible for community care under the MISSION Act?

You may be eligible for community care if:

  • You need a service that’s not available at VA (e.g. maternity care).
  • You reside in a U.S. state or territory without a full-service VA medical facility.
  • You met previous distance criteria or live in one of the least populated states (ND, SD, MT, AK, WY), received care prior to June 6, 2018, and receive care within two years after June 6, 2018.
  • You meet average drive time or appointment wait-time requirements.
  • It’s in your best medical interest to be referred to a community provider.
  • You need care from a VA medical service line that isn’t providing care that complies with VA’s quality standards.

Helpful information related to VA MISSION Act:

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VA San Diego Healthcare System has a local Customer Service/Liason Team to assist Veterans and community providers when needed.  If you have questions, please call (858) 623-1879, between the hours of 7:30 a.m.-  4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For general Mission Act inquiries, please contact: (866) 867-7927 or dial (858) 552-8585, option #9.

Contact Info


  • San Diego VAMC

Contact Number(s)

  • 858-623-1879

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.