The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides monetary allowances, vocational training and rehabilitation and VA-financed health care benefits to certain Korea and Vietnam Veterans' birth children who have been diagnosed with spina bifida. For the purpose of this program, spina bifida is defined as all forms or manifestations of spina bifida (except spina bifida occulta). Effective October 10, 2008, there was a change to Public Law 110-387, Section 408, which outlines the benefits available under the Spina Bifida Program. As a result of this change, medical services and supplies for spina bifida beneficiaries are no longer limited to the spina bifida condition. This program now covers comprehensive health care considered medically necessary and appropriate. The VA's Health Administration Center in Denver, Colorado, manages the Spina Bifida Health Care Program, including the authorization of benefits and the subsequent processing and payment of claims.
If you are the birth child of a Vietnam veteran and you have been diagnosed with spina bifida you may already be receiving monetary allowances, vocational training or rehabilitation due to your condition. Did you know that you might also be entitled to VA-financed healthcare benefits?
To be qualified you must be diagnosed with spina bifida as the VA defines it, basically, as all forms or manifestations of spina bifida (except spina bifida occulta), including complications or associated medical conditions related to spina bifida.
Eligibility/Application Information: 1-888-820-1756
Healthcare Benefits Information/Registration
Spina Bifida Health Care Program
|IRIS:||Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS)
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|Mailing Address:||VA Health Administration Center
Spina Bifida Healthcare Benefits
PO Box 469065
Denver CO 80246-9065
The VA Spina Bifida Healthcare Benefits Handbook contains important information on VA spina bifida healthcare benefits. You are highly encouraged to read it carefully prior to using your spina bifida benefits.
There is additional information on the web about spina bifida. We suggest these links.