Veterans who want help because they are at risk for suicides would make no copayments for outpatient mental health treatment, under a proposal now being considered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These veterans also would make reduced copayments for medications.
In the Jan. 5 Federal Register, VA asked the public to provide feedback that would help guide implementation of such a plan.
“Research shows increased frequency of outpatient mental health encounters for high-risk veterans reduces their risk of suicide,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “Through these efforts, VA will continue to address this national public health crisis by further eliminating financial burdens on veterans who may negatively influence their engagement in mental health treatment and their critical medication availability.”
All veterans now make copayments of $15 or $50 for outpatient visits, depending upon whether the visits provide primary or specialty care. Prescriptions are issued in 30-day supplies. VA believes that prescribing recurrent five-day supplies at reduced cost would prevent accidental overdoses.
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