VA program aids healthcare access for Rio Grande Valley veterans

  • Date: 01/03/2024

Veterans living in the Rio Grande Valley and Coastal Bend region now have the option of getting a free lift to and from medical appointments via VA Uber Health Connect (VUHC), a new Veterans Health Administration program aimed at eliminating transportation as an issue for veterans who need health care.

The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System recently implemented the initiative as part of its expansion to 60 VA medical centers, following a successful pilot program at 10 VA medical centers in 2022. From January 2022 to March 2023, Uber provided more than 30,000 rides to veterans covering 408,529 miles through the pilot program, the VA said.

Now veterans in 18 states and Puerto Rico have access to supplemental transportation to and from doctors appointments and other non-emergency medical care, according to VA, which said transportation remains one of the biggest barriers to veterans’ access to health care.

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