Support for our country’s veterans and members of the military is central to the work we do at CVS Health, whether it’s through our Workforce programs or our efforts to connect this population with easily accessible, high-quality care.
Since 2016, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), CVS Health has provided health care services to more than 4,000 veterans at select MinuteClinic locations.
Now, through the enactment of the VA MISSION Act, we have been able to expand that care to all of our 1,100 MinuteClinic locations nationwide.
“Our participation in the MISSION Act will give deserving veterans across the country greater access to quality health care when and where they need it while ensuring they are still linked into the Veterans Health Administration,” said Sharon Vitti, President of MinuteClinic. “We’re proud to be able to support the VA on such a meaningful and impactful program.”
Care for Veterans through the MISSION Act
Under the MISSION Act, veterans can now access urgent care and walk-in medical services under their VA benefits without pre-authorization. Veterans who meet certain eligibility criteria can receive care at any MinuteClinic location, including treatment for minor illnesses, minor injuries and skin conditions. Following the visit, MinuteClinic is able to make the full record of medical services provided available to the VA with the patient’s consent.
The expansion builds upon our previous pilot programs with the VA, which gave veterans the option to receive care at MinuteClinic locations in Corpus Christi, Texas; Palo Alto and Santa Clarita, California; and Phoenix, Arizona.
Our History of Support for Veterans
Our support of the MISSION Act is one example of the many ways we stand with veterans, active military and their families.
We have several Workforce Initiatives programs dedicated to recruiting, hiring, training and retaining veterans to build a pipeline of workforce talent. Since 2015, CVS Health has hired almost 15,000 people with military experience and more than 5,000 military spouses.
In addition, we provide charitable support to military and veteran-focused organizations, including the National Guard, Operation Reinvent and the USO. And colleagues can connect through the CVS Health Colleague Resource Group BRAVE, which is comprised of nearly 1,400 members with a passion to serve those who have served our country.
We were recently recognized for our efforts to support veterans and military members.
In May, Military Times named CVS Health to its 2019 list of best companies for veterans seeking a civilian job.
And four CVS Health managers were recently honored with 2019 Patriot Awards from the Rhode Island Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (RI ESGR) for their support of three colleagues serving in the National Guard and Reserve.