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VA announces closure date for Emporia's outpatient medical facility KVOE News file photo

Emporia's VA outpatient medical clinic will be closing soon.

Veterans Administration spokesman Joseph Burks tells KVOE News the facility at 12th and Lawrence will close for good May 23. The clinic was originally supposed to close in March, but an updated timetable had the clinic closing in June before Burks' announcement Monday.

The Emporia office currently offers primary care, including vaccinations, telemedicine and behavioral health, for the two weekdays it is open -- Wednesdays and Thursdays. It also offers lab work one day a week.

Burks has said the traffic doesn't justify the clinic remaining open. There are close to 260 local veterans eligible for services, but with the two-day schedule, that leads to a 49 percent efficiency rate -- well below the VA standard of 70 percent. The clinic also averages less than 10 appointments per day.

Burks says veterans have medical options if they were getting care at the clinic. They can get their health care services at the Topeka VA campus or other appropriate VA medical centers. If they qualify, they can also take advantage of the VA Mission Act of 2018 to receive care through non-VA providers as part of the Community Care program.

To determine Community Care eligibility and possibly opt in for services if eligible, call 866-606-8198. For other questions, call 785-350-3111 ext. 54348.

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