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    Veterans to Get Free Emergency Care During Suicidal Mental Health Crises

    Veterans to Get Free Emergency Care During Suicidal Mental Health Crises

    Starting Tuesday, veterans experiencing an emergency suicidal crisis will be eligible for no-cost care, including inpatient treatment, at any Department of Veterans Affairs facility or non-VA hospital, regardless of whether they are enrolled with the VA.

    The department announced Friday that it is expanding eligibility for care — up to 30 days of inpatient or residential care or 90 days of outpatient treatment — for veterans in a severe, acute mental health emergency.

    The change, required by the Veterans Comprehensive Prevention, Access to Care and Treatment, or COMPACT, Act of 2020, applies to nearly 9 million former U.S. service members who don't already receive VA health care and services, according to the department.

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    “Veterans in suicidal crisis can now receive the free, world-class emergency health care they deserve — no matter where they need it, when they need it, or whether they're enrolled in VA care,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said in a press release. “This expansion of care will save veterans' lives, and there's nothing more important than that.”

    According to an interim rule that is to be published Tuesday in the Federal Register, eligible veterans include those in crisis who received an other-than-honorable discharge or higher, or were sexually assaulted or harassed while serving, and meet one of four…

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