NRH veteran healthcare presentation fills American Legion Post 5 Tuesday evening Featured

Marian Paulsen details the numerous benefits and opportunities provided through the VA Mission Act to local veterans Tuesday. Marian Paulsen details the numerous benefits and opportunities provided through the VA Mission Act to local veterans Tuesday. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Just a day after Veteran's Day, Newman Regional Health hosted a special community presentation centered on veteran health care Tuesday evening.

American Legion Post #5 served as the venue for the informational occasion and welcomed representatives of the Veterans Administration Eastern Kansas Healthcare System and Congressman Roger Marshall. The majority of the evening's conversation focused on how veterans can access healthcare options under the new VA Mission Act which was signed into law back in June of this year.

The Mission Act replaces the former VA Choice Program and According to Military Affairs Representative for the Office of Congressman Marshall Tyler Mason, there are numerous benefits which accompany the still relatively new legislation. Mason believes one of the chief benefits is that the Mission Act simplifies the authorization process for veterans to receive medical services from providers outside of the VA.

Associate Chief Nurse for VA Community Care at the Eastern Kansas Healthcare System Marian Paulsen agrees with Mason and adds another vital component of the Mission Act was to combine multiple VA community care programs into one.


Tuesday's presentation comes on the heels of the closure of the VA medical clinic at 12th and Lawrence earlier this summer because of low usage numbers.

Click here for a VA fact sheet detailing Veteran Community Care, including differences between the Mission Act and VA Choice.

If you were unable to attend Tuesday's presentation and have questions please see the list of available contacts below. 

*Questions Regarding Authorization: 620-343-6800 ext. 5112
*Questions Regarding Billing: 620-343-6800 ext. 1153
*For a Local Physician or Appointment: 620-343-2376

*VA Financial Services: 512-460-5221
*Financial Services Center (FSC) Customer Support: 877-353-9791
*Wichita VA; Dashaun McCray, Nurse Manager Care in CCN 316-685-2221
*Topeka VA; Susan Fulton, Authorization, Refferal and Claim Manager: 785-350-4330
*Jamie Potter, Veteran Service Representative: 620-342-3347; Fax 620-343-8429
*Eastern Kansas Health Care System: 785-350-3111
*72 hour emergency care/inpatient notification (available 24/7): 785-350-4555
*In-network facility locator tool:
*VA Community Care (Coordination of Care and Payment Authorization): 785-350-4330
*VA Payment and Operations Management (Rx Reimbursement Requests): 785-350-4747
*Pharmacy Prescription Fax: 785-350-4737
*TriWest PC3 Network: 1-855-722-2838
*National Community Care Contact Center-C4 (Claims/Billing, Collections, etc.): 1-877-881-7618
*Updating Residential Address:
-Call 1-877-222-VETS (8387)
-Eligibility Office at 785-350-4511


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