Veterans

Veterans can now seek free, same-day care for minor illnesses and injuries at approved civilian urgent care clinics such as MainStreet Family Care.

Veterans can now seek free, same-day care for minor illnesses and injuries at approved civilian urgent care clinics such as MainStreet Family Care.

Thanks to the VA Mission Act of 2018 implemented earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has authorized medical care for eligible veterans at select facilities.

MainStreet Family Care has clinics in Alexander City at 2508 U.S. Highway 280 and in Millbrook at 1401 Highway 14.

“We were extremely honored when the VA reached out and asked us to be a part of their contracted network,” MainStreet Family Care CEO Emile Hughes said in a release. “We believe that by having clinic locations in a lot of rural areas throughout Alabama, the VA sees MainStreet Family Care as a huge asset when it comes to expanding convenient, VA-authorized care to veterans in these areas.”  

This new program allows veterans who are enrolled in the VA healthcare system and who have visited a VA doctor or a civilian doctor under the VA Choice Program to see an urgent-care doctor for free if:

• The veteran is eligible for the benefit.

• The urgent care provider is part of the VA’s contracted network of community providers.

• The services are not excluded under the benefit (such as preventative care and dental services). 

The VA recommends patients should verify with the VA if they are eligible for the benefit and the treatment they seek is covered under the program. Veterans will probably need to do this only once but it’s a good idea to verify everything, according to MainStreet.

If veterans visit an urgent care provider when they aren’t eligible, or they get medical treatment not covered under the new program, they will be required to pay the full amount of the bill.

All MainStreet Family Care clinics are VA-authorized. There are 16 locations throughout Alabama and veterans can find a map of MainStreet’s locations online at www.mainstreetfamilycare.com  

Veterans in priority groups 1 through 5, as well as some veterans in priority group 6, can visit an authorized urgent-care center for free up to three times every year. After that, each visit will cost $30. Veterans in priority groups 7 and 8 will have a $30 co-payment for each visit; however the VA will reimburse the co-pay after the visit.