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New law gives veterans more health care options

June 07, 2018

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — A new law will make it easier for veterans to get health care and will also benefit dentists and physicians who work for Veterans Affairs facilities.

The Veterans Affairs Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act — or MISSION Act — was signed into law June 6. It would streamline the department’s community care programs as well as ensure veterans don’t experience a lapse in health care services, including dental care.

The legislation also includes a provision that designates a limited number of scholarships for dentists and physicians under the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professional Scholarship Program and another that would increase the amount of education debt reduction available through the Education Debt Reduction Program.

ADA supported the bill and was in meetings with senior staff on the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee. The ADA will continue to monitor how this program is implemented and will provide dentists and dental students with the relevant information for applying to these scholarships once the program is in place should they have interest in working for the VA.

Follow all of the ADA’s advocacy efforts at ADA.org/advocacy.