ROCKFORD (WREX) — Veterans across the Stateline were invited to Veterans Memorial Hall in Rockford to discuss VA healthcare on Tuesday.
Representatives of the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin wanted to give veterans an opportunity to voice their concerns, ask questions and learn some new information surrounding VA healthcare.
The town hall forum came just in time to discuss the new federal Mission Act. Signed into law in June, the Mission Act looks to expand the opportunity for VA community care and urgent care benefits.
As of now the act has allowed the addition of seven urgent care clinics within 30 miles of Rockford. Representatives say they hope seven is just the beginning.
“One of the things that we’ve been really working to encourage is for providers to sign up to the Community Care Network,” says Abe Rabinowitz, the Assistant Director of the Madison VA hospital, “because that gives veterans more access points for care.”
Attendees of the forum discussed communication concerns with the VA representatives. Those who had immediate concerns had to opportunity to talk to clinical and administrative officials one-on-one as well.