Veterans Choice at McLaren

McLaren Port Huron believes it plays a vital role ensuring America’s veterans receive the healthcare they have earned and deserve. As a leading healthcare provider, McLaren Port Huron welcomes all veterans eligible through the Veterans Choice program as part of our commitment to providing personalized compassionate healthcare to all in the communities we serve.

McLaren Health Care partners with the Veterans Choice Program, providing veterans with the choice to receive care at McLaren locations throughout the state. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) designed the program to provide eligible veterans access to certain medical care when their local VA medical facility cannot readily provide the care due to lack of an available specialist, long wait times, geographic inaccessibility, or other factors.

What is the Choice Program - click to expand

If you are already enrolled in VA health care, the Choice Program allows you to receive health care within your community. Using this program does NOT impact your existing VA health care, or any other VA benefit. Please visit the Veteran Choice Program website for more information.

The Veteran Choice Program is part of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA). To learn more about VACAA click here.

Veterans Choice Program: 101 For Veterans Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

Determining Eligibility - click to expand

You must have been enrolled in VA health care on or before August 1, 2014, or you are eligible to enroll as a recently discharged combat Veteran. Additionally, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • You are told by your local VA medical facility that you will need to wait more than 30 days for an appointment from the date clinically determined by your physician, or, if not such date is provided, our preferred date.
  • Your home is more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest VA medical facility.
  • You face an unusual or excessive burden in traveling to the closest VA medical facility based on geographic challenges, environmental factors, or a medical condition.

Scheduling an Appointment - click to expand

If you are a Distance- eligible Veteran call 1-866-606-8198 to confirm eligibility and ensure the care needed is covered by VA. When you call, you will be asked for:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your full address
  • • The name of your preferred community physician. Unfortunately, not all physicians will be eligible to participate. If your preferred physician is not available, representatives can recommend other physicians in your area.

If you are a Wait List- eligible Veteran,, you will receive a phone call from a VA partner (a non-VA phone number) to help set up your appointment. When you receive this call you will be asked for:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your full address
  • Your date of birth
  • The last 4 digits of your social security number

*If you’d like to talk to someone, call 1-866-606-8198 or live chat with a VA representative today.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses - click to expand

If you are a veteran receiving service-connected care, your copayments are covered by the VA through the Choice Program. Veterans receiving non-service connected care through other health insurance (OHI) are not covered by the Choice Program. In this case, your private health insurance will be the primary payer and you are responsible for making any copayments at the point of service. Please note that Medicare, Medicaid or TriCare plans are not considered OHI under the Choice Program.

Veterans experiencing any billing issues can call the VA Community Care Call Center at 1-877-881-7618 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time) for assistance.

Additional Program Information - click to expand

  • The Choice Program does not impact your existing VA health care or any other VA benefit.
  • If you did not receive a Choice Card or if you cannot find your card, please call 1-866-606-8198 to learn more about eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • Care in your community is only covered by VA for medical needs which have been approved by your VA physician.