Nanticoke Memorial part of Veterans Choice Program

SEAFORD – Military veterans in Sussex County and Maryland needing to travel more than 40 miles for care may now have a choice.

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital has been approved as a Veterans Choice Program Hospital, helping veterans receive more care closer to home.

The Veterans Choice Program was established in 2014 to help expand access to care to veterans.

This program provides veterans access to care when the closest VA medical center has long wait times, is an extraordinary distance from the veteran’s home, or when there is a lack of specialists at the VA facility.

Veterans who were enrolled in VA health care benefits on or before Aug. 1, 2014 and have to wait for specific care more than 30 days or live more than 40 miles from the closest VA medical center, may be eligible to use an authorized non-VA facility, like Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Eligible veterans must contact Health Net Federal Services, LLC (Health Net). Health Net coordinates all care under this program, scheduling appointments and sending the authorization to the participating VCP providers.

The Veterans Choice Program only covers medical needs approved by your VA physician.  Health Net will assign eligible veterans a Veterans Choice Program card.

For more information, to enroll in the Veterans Choice Program or to schedule non-VA appointments through this program call 1-866-606-8198.  For more information about the program visit www.hnfs.com and click on “Veterans Choice” under the Veterans Affairs box.

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