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Selections from What’s Trending This Week — January 16, 2015


Lt. Gov. Northam1. EAST:

Eastern Shore Veterans Introduced to Choice Program

Veterans living on the Eastern Shore traveling long distances for medical care could now have a closer alternative.

On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam helped kick off the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) at Eastern Shore Rural Health System’s Onley Community Health Center. The program allows eligible veterans to seek care from prequalified community-based providers, such as Eastern Shore Rural Health, when their local VAMC cannot provide the appropriate services due to extended wait times or extraordinary distance from the veteran’s home. This week saw the first patients being served under the program at Eastern Shore Rural Health.

Eligible veterans will receive a Choice Card in the mail from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans need to meet certain criteria to be able to use the Choice Card. Veterans must call the VA at 866-606-8198 to verify their eligibility and receive approval to use the Choice Card and participate in the program. To learn more about the Veterans Choice Program, click here.


new horizons2. WEST:

New Horizons Opens Dental Clinic in Roanoke

New Horizons Healthcare has opened a new dental clinic with the goal of bringing affordable dental care to the Roanoke Valley. The opening of the clinic was celebrated Thursday night with an open house and “floss-cutting” ceremony.

The new clinic is open Monday through Friday, and currently, the clinic is accepting uninsured patients. For low-income individuals, financial assistance is available.


Photo: Cover Virginia
Photo: Cover Virginia

3. CENTRAL:

Virginia Launches Governor’s Access Plan

At a press conference in Chesterfield County on Tuesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the launch of the Governor’s Access Plan (GAP), a program intended to provide crucial medical and behavioral health services for up to 20,000 uninsured Virginians with serious mental illness.

In the past year, more than 300,000 Virginians experienced a serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or PTSD. Out of that 300,000, more than 50,000 are uninsured and have little to no access to any type of health care. For those who are eligible, the GAP program will provide access to primary medical and behavioral health care, as well as provide a way for these individuals to get their prescriptions filled.

For more information on the program, eligibility, and how to apply for coverage under GAP, click here.