BetterMed Urgent Care & The Mission Act: What You Need To Know

The Mission Act was passed on June 6, 2019. This new bill gives veterans who served from 2001 onward the ability to utilize urgent care centers within the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) network of providers, like BetterMed.

Under this new bill, eligible veterans can visit an urgent care facility for specific same-day services and treatments. This is a great option because veterans will experience shorter wait times than at emergency rooms, allowing them to get treatment faster.

Treatments Available at BetterMed

The Mission Act allows veterans to receive treatment for common injuries and illnesses, including:

  • Allergies and allergic reactions
  • Asthma and respiratory illnesses
  • Breaks and sprains
  • Dehydration requiring IV fluids or medications
  • Animal & insect bites
  • Ear infections
  • Fevers and flu
  • UTIs
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Removal of foreign objects from ears, nose, etc.
  • Respiratory infections
  • Sore throat
  • STIs
  • Lacerations & wounds

BetterMed can treat a wide variety of symptoms and has lab testing and x-rays available on site at every location.

It’s important to note that the Mission Act currently does not cover preventative care, including vaccines (excluding the flu shot), immunizations, physicals, wellness checks, and dental services. There may be an additional cost if a veteran receives these services at BetterMed or any urgent care.

Benefits Coverage

Your VA benefits may cover a visit to BetterMed, but it can depend on your Priority Group Number, which will designate your level of urgent care coverage.

Call the VA Health Resource Center at 1-877-222-8387 for questions. Learn more about your Priority Group.

Appointments & Referrals

The Mission Act offers open access to urgent care providers. Walk in or book your appointment online. Just let us know that you’re using your VA benefits when you’re checking in.

Prescriptions

 The Mission act permits us to write prescriptions for medications that may be needed for up to 14 days. Learn more about VA pharmacies that can fill your prescription.

Family Members

 Family members, including spouses, do not qualify for benefits under the Mission Act.

Billing

 There may be copayments associated with this benefit, depending on your assigned priority group and how often the benefit is used. Copayment bills are sent by the VA. This copayment could be different than your usual copayment at the VA.

We’re happy to be able to serve our country’s veterans. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have other questions or to find a location near you.