VA Health Care Access

Posted: July 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

You probably qualify for VA Health Care if any of the below statements are true:
 You served in the active military, naval, or air service and were honorably discharged or released; or
 You were/are a Reservist or National Guard member and you were called to active duty by a Federal Order (for other than training purposes) and you completed the full call-up period.
 You were discharged or separated for medical reasons, early out, or hardship
 You served in theater of combat operations within the past 5 years
 You were discharged from the military because of a disability (not preexisting)
 You are a former Prisoner of War
 You received a Purple Heart Medal
 You receive VA pension or disability benefits
 You receive state Medicaid benefits
Your eligibility for VA health care benefits may be based on special factors such as service in Vietnam, other military history factors or even household income. All veterans are encouraged to apply now for VA health care benefits now before they encounter a medical issue that requires medical attention and compensation.. Submitting an application is the best way to find out if they qualify. Plus, if in the future new regulations take effect, VA will automatically reassess your application to determine if you qualify. With an application on file, VA will be able to notify you if new rules make you qualified for health benefits in the future. The fastest and easiest way to apply or update your information is online at Other ways to apply or UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION are:
 By Phone – You can apply for enrollment of your benefits or update your information by phone by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday through , between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM (Eastern Time). A VA representative will have your completed form sent to you for verification and signature.
 By Mail – Print the 10-10EZ form or 10-10EZR form or call to have the form mailed to you. Complete and sign the application, then mail it to your local VA Medical Center or clinic whose address can be found at
 In Person – Visit a VA Medical Center or clinic nearest you to apply for enrollment or if you are already enrolled, to update your information in person.
If you do not have an ID card, another way you can get logged into the VA system would be by requesting to be screened for Agent Orange affects or getting an annual physical. There is no charge for the screening but dependent on your annual income and status you may have to pay a small copay for the physical. Then, to stay within the active VA database, continue to get the annual checkup. The backlog can be 6 to 8 months long for case reviews so position yourself for faster processing, should you need it. If you need help call at 1-877-222-8387, M-F between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM EST. [Source: Jun 2012 ++ ]


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