I would be impressed if any Veteran could sit and write down every VA medical benefit to which they’re entitled, and just as important, the benefits which they aren’t qualified to receive. There’s all kinds of things you may not know about, or don’t know enough to determine your own eligibility.
It’s a challenge I’ve experienced myself. What can I get? What can I not get? Who do I need to call at my local facility? I’ve heard the same thing from my buddies in VA care. Luckily, VA has (literally) written the book of medical benefits tailored specifically to you.
VA’s Health Benefits Handbook has already arrived at the doorstep for Veterans in Priority Group 1. The flow will continue through the different priority groups through the middle of next year. Of the 13 chapters of medical benefits information and resources, eight will contain information specially made for the recipient.
The book will explain which Priority Group the Veteran belongs to and why, the facility address and phone number they belong to, a sheet of available benefits at a glance, copay information, and more.
For female Veterans, gender-specific scheduling information and resources will be detailed, as well as the fee basis for care outside VA’s system.
A sample health benefits book is available to check out online.
This is a first for VA, and an overdue step in clarifying what Veterans know about their own health benefits. Many Veterans commented that they weren’t aware of various programs, so hopefully this book will help clear up confusion—and get more Vets the care they both need and deserve.
Have you received your book in the mail? Let us know what you think, or what needs to be included in the next iteration. And if you find something wrong, or need to find out more information, call the health eligibility line at 877-222-VETS.