Earlier this week, the Mayo Clinic Health System and the Minneapolis VA Health Care System reached an agreement for joint participation in the community care program enacted under the Mission Act. This is great news for our veterans across Minnesota. This will improve veteran access to VA healthcare, prescription drug procedures, and so much more – especially in our rural communities of southern Minnesota.

If there is anyone who has been an established advocate in Minnesota for veterans’ ability to choose their doctors and hospitals, it’s Congressman Jim Hagedorn. He has been a consistent ally to veterans, even writing to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that America’s veterans have access to timely, quality, health care.

The Mayo Clinic Health System is one of the top providers in the U.S., and our veterans deserve the same quality care as patients from around the world. Including VA participation in the community care program created in the Mission Act will drastically improve the quality of life for veterans in southern Minnesota and across the country.

Alan C. Maves, Rochester

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