The Health Care system for Montana Veteran Affairs was ranked as one of the top performers in healthcare equality for veterans a part of the LGBTQ+ community. 

According to the VA’s press release, their Health Care system was rated by the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The HEI rating system evaluates LGBTQ+ patient services and support and patient and community engagement, benefits, and policies for employees. HEI also evaluates proper training and policies for LGBTQ+ patient care. 

Montana VA scored a 90 out of 100 for healthcare equality and received a nine out of ten for the categories evaluated by the HEI index. Nondiscrimination was also a category where the Montana VA had a perfect score.

Dr. Judy Hayman, Executive Director for the Montana VA, says she is honored to serve LGBTQ+ veterans in the state.

“It is our priority that our LGBTQ+ Veterans receive equitable, knowledgeable, compassionate, and inclusive care, free from discrimination, and in a welcoming and affirming environment.”

Over 900 health care facilities were a part of the HEI survey for 2022. Montana VA was one of the 251 facilities to nationally earn the “Top Performer” title.

Matthew Rosine with the Montana VA says earning the title of “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer” aligns with their mission at the VA.

“This kind of recognition validates the motto that we serve all those who served.”

The Montana VA works to provide quality care for each patient they serve efficiently. More than 47,000 veterans are enrolled in the Montana VA. There are 18 care sites across Montana and a staff of 1,400 employees, many being veterans.