Bigelow Center welcomes St. Vincent’s Veterans Choice program staff

Terry Giegengack, director of Human Services and the Town of Fairfield’s Veterans Service contact person announced that representatives from St. Vincent’s Medical Center will be at Bigelow Center on June 23, at 4 p.m. to make a presentation to the Fairfield Human Services Commission. Christopher Willey, St. Vincent’s Veteran’s Choice Program Administrator and Scott Brennan, St. Vincent’s Veteran’s Choice Program Navigator, will explain the health care services available to vets now that St. Vincent’s Medical Center is a Veterans Choice Program provider.

Veterans and the public are welcome to attend this free information session.

St. Vincent’s recently announced its participation in Veterans Choice, which gives veterans the opportunity to receive medical care at St. Vincent’s locations throughout Connecticut. Now qualified U.S. veterans who face wait times in excess of 30 days at the VA or have to travel farther than 40 miles from their home can receive care from St. Vincent’s doctors. As part of Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare system and the world’s largest Catholic health system, St. Vincent’s Medical Center joins 23 other states and the District of Columbia in sustaining and improving the health of individuals and our communities by serving as an official provider of Veteran Care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 established funding to pay for healthcare services to be provided to veterans by private healthcare providers. Through the partnership, St. Vincent’s physicians and other caregivers are authorized to provide primary care, inpatient and outpatient specialty care, and mental health care for eligible veterans outside of VA.

Nearly nine million veterans have received a Veterans Choice Card. Use of the card is voluntary. If eligible, vets may choose to stay with the VA or receive care through St. Vincent’s.

Veterans can determine eligibility for the program at va.gov/opa/choiceact or by calling 866-606-8198.

Fairfield residents who are veterans can also call 203-256-3170 for an appointment with one of the trained social services staff, who will help determine his/her eligibility. In addition, Mr. Ramon Agosto, from the District 4 CT Vets Service Office in Bridgeport comes to Bigelow Center on the third Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. to meet with Fairfield vets free of charge. Mr. Agosto is also trained in helping determine these and many other veterans’ benefits.

Anyone with questions is welcome to call Bigelow Center at 203-256-3166. For a free appointment with a trained and licensed social worker call 203-256-3170.

 

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