United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Project ARCH

Project Access Received Closer to Home (ARCH)

Project ARCH is a three-year pilot program to provide specific non-VA health care services to eligible Veterans in VISNs 1, 6, 15, 18, and 19 through contractual arrangements. Project ARCH intends to improve access for eligible Veterans by connecting them to health care services closer to their home. Project ARCH is occurring in one pilot site in VISNs 1, 6, 15, 18, and 19 and will be managed by a parent Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)


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What is Project ARCH?
A pilot program, intended to improve access for eligible Veterans by connecting them to health care providers and services closer to their home. Learn about Project ARCH.

How long will it operate?
Project ARCH will operate for three years.

And at the end of the project?
VA’s focus is on ensuring that Veterans receive the care they need when they need it. A Care Coordinator will work with the Veterans and providers to ensure continuity of care before, during and after the program.

Who can participate, and where?
Veterans are not required to participate. Those who meet the eligibility criteria may apply in one of the five pilot sites.


VA Contracts with Cary Medical Center to Provide Health Care Services to Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC, July 6, 2011 – A program Congressman Michael Michaud worked to enact into law in 2008 to help veterans get health care in rural areas is about to come full circle. Michaud, the Ranking Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, praised today’s announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine will be the health care provider for its new pilot program called “Project ARCH” (Access Received Closer to Home), which will provide health care services locally to  eligible Veterans. Read the full article.

Department of Veterans Affairs Awards Humana Veterans Project ARCH Contract

Louisville, KY, July 1, 2011 - Humana Veterans Health Services announced that it was awarded the VA Project ARCH contract in four of the five pilot sites; Farmville, VA, Pratt, KS, Flagstaff, AZ, and Billings, MT. The contract provides a range of specified health care services to eligible Veterans in certain pilot sites to improve access to health care delivery for Veterans who must travel significant distances.  Read the full article.



Project ARCH Sites Selected by VHA

Northern Maine; Farmville, Virginia; Pratt, Kansas; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Billings, Montana were chosen as a pilot locations for a new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiative to provide Veterans with greater access to quality health care.

VA Secretary Shinseki

“Project ARCH intends to expand VA’s ability to serve our Veterans who live far from VA facilities,” VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said. “This pilot program will also provide critical information about the role of contracted care in the future of VA’s health care delivery system.”
Read the full press release (176 KB, PDF).