Program allows eligible veterans to receive care outside VA system


A program popular among Montana veterans that allows them to get medical care closer to home has been reauthorized by Congress through August 2016.

VA launched Project ARCH, or Access Received Closer to Home, in 2011 to address some of the health care challenges facing rural veterans. ARCH has been implemented in five states — Kansas, Virginia, Arizona, Maine and Montana — in Billings and Anaconda.

Project ARCH allows eligible veterans to receive care outside the VA system, including through private providers, at a designated facility. The goal is to provide veterans convenience without sacrificing high-quality care.

“In Montana, long distances separate many veterans from the health care they earned,” said U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, Montana’s only member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. “In my listening sessions across the state, veterans told me how important it is to be able to see a doctor without driving hundreds of miles. Project ARCH helps bring critically important care closer to home.”


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