The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center announced Wednesday it has added a local urgent care to its network.

The change is significant for local veterans seeking urgent care services on the weekends.

The Roseburg VA recently downgraded its emergency department to an urgent care; however, it’s only open on weekdays.

Veterans are able under the Mission Act to obtain urgent care at private facilities and have the VA pay the tab, but only if those facilities are in the VA’s network.

Now that the VA has reached an agreement with Umpqua Health, veterans will be able to access services at Umpqua Health Newton Creek, 3031 NE Stephens St., Roseburg.

The only other in-network facility in Douglas County is Canyonville Health and Urgent Care, but that facility wasn’t open on weekends either. That left veterans traveling to Grants Pass or Eugene for weekend care, or footing the bill themselves.

More information about urgent care services is available by calling 1-833-4VETNOW or by calling the VA’s eligibility office at 1-800-549-8387.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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