Alaska's Senators are welcoming an agreement by the Veterans Administration that allows Rural Alaska veterans to receive health care benefits at Native health clinics.
A release from Senator Mark Begich's office says the VA, 14 Alaska Native Tribal Health Programs and the Department of Veterans Affairs signed an agreement that allows Alaska Native veterans to get care at participating village clinics. The VA will then reimburse the clinics. Before the veterans had to travel to Anchorage or as far away as Seattle for health care.
“This is truly a great step toward ensuring all of Alaska’s veterans can receive the care they need, when they need it, and in the most cost effective and timely way” Begich said.
Senator Lisa Murkowski echoed his sentiments “Local care for rural Alaska veterans does not mean care in Anchorage. It means care close to home when it is available.”
The agreement also lets Non-Native veterans get care at a participating tribal health facility.
The following tribes and tribal organizations have entered into sharing and reimbursement agreements with the VA:
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Arctic Slope Native Association, Ltd.
Chickaloon Village Traditional Council
Copper River Native Association
Eastern Aleutian Tribes, Inc.
Ketchikan Indian Community
Kenaitze Indian Tribe
Kodiak Area Native Association
Native Village of Eklutna
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
Tanana Chiefs Conference
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation