Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for America Veterans
March 19, 2015
The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act was signed into law on February 12, 2015. The Act provides a one-year window of enhanced VA health care enrollment for combat Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system and who were discharged or released from active military, naval, or air service after January 1, 2009 and before January 1, 2011. Additionally, the Act will help VA provide and improve mental health care.
What Does This Mean?
Affected Veterans can advantage of this enhanced enrollment opportunity until February 12, 2016 (when the law ends) by applying for enrollment either online at www.va.gov/healthbenefits; on eBenefits at www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage; by phone at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., eastern; or by visiting their local VA medical center.
Benefits and Services to Enjoy
- Eligible combat Veterans will have free medical care and medications for any condition that may be related to their service in theater.
- Immediate benefits of health care coverage.
- No enrollment fee, monthly premiums or deductibles.
- Low or no out-of-pocket costs. During the five-year post discharge timeframe, there may be small medical care or prescription drug copayments for medical care for any condition not related to combat theater. See our Copayment page (http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/publications/hbco/hbco_copayments.asp) for more information.
- Once enrolled, the Veteran will remain enrolled.
- Enrollment with VA satisfies the health care law’s requirement to have health care coverage.
- Medical care rated among the best in the United States.
- More than 1,700 places available to get health care.
- Choice Card Program eligibility. For more information, visit http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/.
- VA health care can be used along with Medicare and any other health insurance coverage.
For more information on suicide prevention and the Veterans crisis line, visit: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/.