Continuing his commitment to South Jersey veterans, U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today released the latest information about local dialysis services approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for South Jersey veterans.
"In the past few years, we've made progress in expanding the list of healthcare services offered locally for South Jersey veterans enrolled in the VA, including the new Northfield clinic. But our work is not done to ensure those who served receive what they are owed," said LoBiondo.
At LoBiondo's request, the VA provided details of its existing blanket ordering agreements (BOAs) for dialysis service providers serving South Jersey veterans. The BOAs were approved by the VA in summer 2010 with private providers in South Jersey. For enrolled veterans approved by the Wilmington VA Medical Center on a case by case basis, dialysis services are available under the VA's BOAs with the following South Jersey providers in the 2nd Congressional District:
Fresenius Medical Care -- Atlantic City
1501 Atlantic Ave
Renal Care Group -- Cape May
1259 Route 9 South
Cape May Court House
Renal Care Group -- Egg Harbor
6701 Blackhorse Pike
Egg Harbor Township
LoBiondo requested the BOA details upon the rejection of a proposal by Shore Memorial Hospital to provide dialysis services to local veterans. In November 2010, LoBiondo and New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez petitioned the VA in support of the proposal. In denying the request, the VA announced that it already had contractual agreements with local dialysis providers, though such agreements were unknown to the lawmakers and many local veterans.
"A key concern was the availability of critical dialysis services locally, reducing significant hardship on South Jersey veterans traveling to Wilmington for treatment. Knowing that the VA currently has agreements with local providers for dialysis services to reduce hardship should give peace of mind to those veterans and their families needing such care," said LoBiondo.
Despite the VA's position that there is insufficient number of enrollees, LoBiondo has long advocated for greater local healthcare services for South Jersey veterans. He continues to push for additional services at the four community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in Ventnor, Vineland, Cape May and Sewell.
LoBiondo has also been working with the VA on the new location in Northfield that will replace the existing VA community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) in Ventnor this summer. The Northfield location (1909 New Road) will offer approximately 10,000 square feet of space on the single floor building, making it more accessible for disabled veterans. It is also convenient to two mass transit lines, easy access to major roadways and plenty of surface and handicapped parking. LoBiondo continues to work with VA officials and local veterans groups on bringing additional services to the area's CBOCs.
Earlier this week LoBiondo announced that he will hold his eighth enrollment clinic for local veterans on Friday, April 29th in Cape May Court House. As at previous enrollment clinics, there will be representatives from the Wilmington VA Medical Center on hand to answer veterans' questions, determine their eligibility and, if eligible, facilitate their participation in the VA healthcare system. A representative from the Cape May County Veterans' Bureau will also be in attendance. Veterans who plan to attend are asked to bring their DD-214 forms, tax forms and photo ID.
On the day of the enrollment clinic, LoBiondo will make opening remarks. Details of the Veterans Enrollment Clinic on Friday, April 29th are as follows:
Cape May County
Administration Building -- Intermediate Room
4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House
9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Veterans can also determine their eligibility and enroll in the VA healthcare system, and ask additional questions as well, by contacting the VA at 1-877-222-VETS or visit the website www.va.gov.
This will be the eighth enrollment clinic hosted by LoBiondo across South Jersey, with previous sessions in Bridgeton, Somers Point, Elmer, and Vineland. For additional information, veterans are encouraged to call LoBiondo's Mays Landing Office at 609-625-5008 or 1-800-471-4450 or visit the Veterans Center on LoBiondo's website: www.house.gov/lobiondo/Veterans.shtml