The Mission Act, which was passed in 2018, is a United States law that aims to improve veterans' access to healthcare. The Mission Act emphasizes the importance of providing veterans with a range of healthcare options, including complementary and integrative health approaches. Tai Chi and meditation are examples of such approaches that have shown potential benefits for physical and mental well-being.
Under the Mission Act, veterans may have the opportunity to access these types of services. If a specific treatment, such as Tai Chi or meditation, is not available within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system or if access to care is geographically challenging, the Mission Act allows veterans to seek care outside of the VHA network.
This means that veterans may be able to receive these services from non-VA providers and have the associated costs covered by the VA, subject to certain eligibility criteria and guidelines.
To explore the possibility of incorporating Tai Chi and/or meditation into their treatment plan, veterans should discuss their preferences with their primary care provider or healthcare team within the VHA. They can inquire about the availability of these services within the VHA system or request a referral to external providers who offer Tai Chi or meditation programs.
The VHA may have specific guidelines or programs in place to facilitate access to complementary and integrative health approaches.
It's important to note that availability and coverage of specific services may vary depending on factors such as the veteran's location and the resources of the VHA facility. Veterans should consult with their healthcare providers and reach out to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the most up-to-date information on the Mission Act and its provisions regarding healthcare options for incorporating Tai Chi, meditation, or other complementary and integrative health approaches into their treatment plans.