The information below is directly from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Dr. Gerald Niedzwiecki does accept V.A. Tricare and is listed on the choice provider program. We have staff members available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist you. Click Contact Us or call 727-475-4035 to schedule a consultation with the doctor.
Veterans Choice Program (VCP)
The Veterans Choice Program is one of several programs through which a Veteran can receive care from a community provider, paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For example, if a Veteran needs an appointment for a specific type of care, and VA cannot provide the care in a timely manner or the nearest VA medical facility is too far away or too difficult to get to, then a Veteran may be eligible for care through the Veterans Choice Program.
To use the Veterans Choice Program, Veterans must receive prior authorization from VA to receive care from a provider that is part of VA’s VCP network of community providers. The authorization is based on specific eligibility requirements and discussions with the Veteran’s VA provider. VA must authorize care that is needed beyond the scope of the first authorization.
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Veterans may be eligible to receive care through the Veterans Choice Program based on one or more of the following conditions:
- VA can’t provide the services the Veteran needs
- VA can’t make an appointment for the Veteran at the nearest VA medical facility within 30 days of the clinically indicated date (the date the Veteran and their VA provider agree should be the next date the Veteran is seen for care)—or, if VA can’t determine this date—the date the Veteran prefers to be seen next
- Veteran lives more than 40 miles (driving distance) from the nearest VA medical facility with a full-time primary care physician
- Veteran has to travel by air, boat, or ferry to get to the nearest VA medical facility
- Veteran faces an excessive burden in traveling to the nearest VA medical facility (such as geographic challenges, environmental factors, or a health problem that makes it hard for you to travel)
VA will work with the Veteran to determine eligibility based on the above conditions and the Veteran’s specific circumstances.Check Your Eligibility
Choice Program Support Line: 866-606-8198
Call for additional information or to speak to one of our service agents on standby to assist you.
VA Adverse Credit Helpline: 877-881-7618
VA will help you resolve adverse credit reporting and debt collection issues as a result of using VCP.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to frequently asked questions concerning the Veterans Choice Program.
- Fact Sheet: Veterans Choice Program – Unusual or Excessive Burden Eligibility Criteria
Describes specific requirements related to the unusual or excessive burden VCP eligibility criteria.
- Fact Sheet: Emergency Care for Veterans
Explains VA payment and authorization criteria for emergency care.
- Fact Sheet: Ambulance Transport at VA Expense – A Guide for Veterans
Explains payment and authorization criteria for ambulance transportation.
- VA Form: 10-10EZ – Application for Health Benefits
For Veterans to apply for enrollment in the VA health care system, which is required for a Veteran to use VCP to get care. The information provided on this form is used by VA to determine your eligibility for medical benefits.
- Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-146, August 7, 2014)
Get the publication from the Government Publishing Office website.