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VHA Benefits Goal: Preserving Your Good Health

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A doctor uses a stethoscope to listen to the heart of a Vietnam Veteran

 

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

You served your country. Now let us serve you.

VA’s comprehensive medical benefits package offers care and services that are designed to:

  • Promote good health
  • Preserve your current health
  • Restore you to better health

This includes treating illnesses and injuries, preventing future health problems, improving functional abilities and enhancing quality of life.

VA provides a full spectrum of medical services, based on the recommendations of your VA primary care provider. These services include:

  • Primary Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Disease Prevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Palliative Care
  • Surgery
  • Prescriptions For Medications
  • Critical Care
  • Mental Health Care
  • Women’s Health Care
  • Orthopedics
  • Radiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation

Easy Steps through the Application Process

The very first step in obtaining access to VA health care benefits is to apply:

  • You may complete an application online at www.1010ez.med.va.gov.
  • You may complete an application in person at any VA medical facility where eligibility personnel are available to answer your questions.
  • You may call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) to complete the application over the phone.
  • You may pick up an application at your local VA, complete the application and mail it to: Health Eligibility Center 2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30329-1647

Before you apply, you may want to read more about VA’s health benefits on VA’s Health Benefits website which provides the latest information on VA health care services, providing tools to help you determine how, where and at what cost you can receive care and offering Veterans who are not already enrolled an opportunity to apply.

Once your application is successfully processed, VA will notify you of your enrollment priority group assignment and whether you are enrolled.

If enrolled, VA will send you a personalized Veterans Health Benefits Handbook, which will detail your assigned enrollment priority group, the VA health benefits you are eligible for and will provide important information concerning your access to VA health care.

The Health Benefits Handbook is designed to help you and your family understand VA’s health care system.

Guide to Understanding the VA Health Care System

The Veterans Health Benefits Handbook is designed to provide Veterans and their families with the information they need to understand VA’s health care system: eligibility requirements, the enrollment process, enrollment priority groups, copayments that certain Veterans may be charged and the health benefits and services available to Veterans.

Additionally, in the handbook you will find helpful information about My HealtheVet, creditable coverage for Medicare Part D, income verification and much more.

Health Benefits Are Different for Each Veteran

While all enrolled Veterans enjoy access to VA’s comprehensive medical benefits package, certain benefits (for example, dental care) may vary from individual to individual and depending on each Veteran’s unique eligibility status.

The mission of the VA health care system is to serve Veterans by providing the highest-quality health care available anywhere in the world.

America’s Veterans and their families deserve nothing less.