Millions of veterans have received Veterans Choice cards for medical care,
but only some are eligible for coverage. It is veterans’ responsibility
to obtain preauthorization for care at Great River Health System and
health care providers.
The Veterans Choice Program covers primary, inpatient, outpatient specialty
and mental health care for eligible veterans. It may be used when the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cannot provide care within 30
days of the patient’s preferred date or a date that is medically
determined by a health care provider, and for those who live more than
40 miles from a VA medical care facility.
The program is part of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014.
To request authorization before an appointment, patients must call HealthNet
at 866-606-8198, option 1. Approval is granted for one appointment. If
appointments are rescheduled, the patient must call HealthNet again to
For more information, please visit the Veterans Choice Program website at