Veteran Services- What's New


Veterans Policy Passed in MN Budget Bills

During a one-day special session that took place on Friday, May 24th, the State Government and Veterans Finance bill was passed, which funds the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA). It include veteran related policy changes. The bill funded all of MDVA's requested funding increase including operations adjustments for the Programs & Services division, the state cemeteries and an increase in the Case Management, Outreach, Referral, and Education (C.O.R.E.) program.

Other changes for veterans that were passed during this legislative session include:

**Elimination of the 8-year limit for surviving spouses to use the disabled Veteran Homestead Market Exclusion

**The application date for the disabled Veteran Homestead Market Exclusion
will change from July 1st to December 15th

**Funds appropriated for the Armed Forces Services Center at the
Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport for new beds and furniture

**The investment threshold for Veteran-owned small businesses to earn
the angel investor credit is lowered to $7,500

**Funding is provided to the Minnesota Military Museum to document the service of
post-9/11 veterans and to also catalog and display the collection of General John Vessey

**Funding is provided to the Association of Minnesota Public Radio Stations for the
Veterans' Voices program to document the stories of Korean War Veterans

**Grant to the Construction Careers Foundation for the Helmets to Hard Hats initiative which
helps Veterans participate in apprenticeship programs in the building and construction industry.

**One time grant to a domestic abuse prevention program for
Veterans and current service members, and their families



VA MISSION Act

In June 2018, President Trump signed landmark legislation, known as the VA MISSION Act of 2018. This law makes dramatic improvements to how veterans receive community care - health care provided outside of the VA. VA's goal is to give veterans greater choice over their health care, allowing VA to deliver world-class, seamless customer service through a VA facility, virtually through telehealth, or through community providers. This means veterans get the care and services they need, where and when they need them.

Beginning June 6, 2019, under the MISSION Act, veterans will have more ways to access health care. To receive care from the VA or a community provider, a veteran must be enrolled in VA health care. In order to obtain community care, veterans must receive prior approval from the VA. Veterans will also be able to receive urgent care from an urgent care provider that is part of the VA's contracted network of community providers, without prior authorization from the VA.

For more information visit: https://missionact.va.gov/
Or view these fact sheets:
Fact Sheet - Community Care - General Information
Fact Sheet - Community Care - Eligibility
Fact Sheet - Community Care - Urgent Care



St Cloud VA Health Care System - New Acting Director Announced

Martina Malek has been appointed as the Acting Health Care System Director for the St. Cloud, effective May 6, 2019. Malek previously served as the Associate Director/ Chief Experience Officer of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Ms. Malek has overseen numerous projects, provided leadership to the various patient experience initiatives across the health care system, and been a great overall addition to the MVAHCS team. Ms. Malek's VA career at the Minneapolis VAHCS started in 2007 and she has worked progressively complex positions to include Director of Prosthetic Treatment Center and Director of Health Administration Service. Ms. Malek has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College, Heidelberg, Germany, and a Master of Public and Non-Profit Administration from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), board-certified in Healthcare Management and a graduate of the VA's Healthcare Leadership Development Program (HCLDP); LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt Training; Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy and LEAD. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Certified Mentor within the VHA National mentor Certification Program.