Care for the Caregiver
Caring for someone with PTSD often affects Caregivers and other family members. The VA has a number of programs and resources available for support.
NEW Program Benefits Guide!
The SB Health Care Benefits Program Guide has information on changes to Homemaker Services and mental health care plus new Day Health Care benefits.
New Process for Some Services
Changes to the process for CHAMPVA mental health services preauthorization, reconsiderations and appeals will start on June 30, 2016.
The Chief Business Office Purchased Care administers health benefit programs for Veterans and their family members
Non-VA Medical Care Program
Non-VA medical care is provided to eligible Veterans by community-based providers when those services are not "feasibly" available from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facility. The use of non-VA medical care is governed by federal laws covering eligibility criteria and other policies specifying when and in what situations it can be used. An authorization for treatment in the community is required for non-VA medical care – unless the medical event is an emergency. Emergency events may be reimbursed on behalf of the Veteran in certain cases.
Visit our Non-VA Medical Care Program page for more information.
Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA)
Under CHAMPVA, VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. CHAMPVA is a health care benefits program for the spouse or widow(er) and for the children of a Veteran who:
- is rated permanently and totally disabled by a VA regional office due to a service-connected disability, OR
- was rated permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected condition at the time of death, OR
- died of a service-connected disability, OR
- died on active duty AND
- the dependents are not otherwise eligible for Defense Department TRICARE benefits.
Visit our CHAMPVA page for more information.
CHAMPVA Inhouse Treatment Initiative (CITI)
The CHAMPVA Inhouse Treatment Initiative (CITI), pronounced "city," is a voluntary program that allows for the treatment of CHAMPVA beneficiaries at VA Medical Centers with no out of pocket costs. Availability depends on the caseload at each facility; Veterans are always served first.
Visit our CITI Program page for more information.
CHAMPVA Program for the Primary Family Caregiver
CHAMPVA for the Primary Family Caregiver is a health care benefits program in which the VA shares the cost of certain health care services and supplies with a Veteran's Primary Family Caregiver, who is not entitled to care or services under another health plan, including Medicare, Medicaid, Indian Health Insurance, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), a worker's compensation law or plan or the Defense Department's Tricare program.
Visit our Caregiver Program page for more information.
Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Health Care Program (CWVV)
In addition to monetary allowances, vocational training and rehabilitation, the VA also provides VA-financed health care benefits to women Vietnam Veterans' birth children diagnosed with certain birth defects.
Visit our CWVV Program page for more information.
Foreign Medical Program (FMP)
The Foreign Medical Program is a health care benefits program for U.S. Veterans with VA-rated, service-connected disabilities who are residing or traveling abroad (Canada and Philippines excluded). Under FMP, VA assumes payment responsibility for certain necessary medical services associated with the treatment of those service-connected conditions.
Visit our FMP page for more information.
Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program
In addition to monetary allowances, vocational training and rehabilitation, the VA also provides VA-financed health care benefits to certain Korea and Vietnam Veterans' birth children 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), including complications or associated medical conditions related to spina bifida.
Visit our Spina Bifida Program page for more information.
VHA mail management
The Office of Mail Management oversees nationwide mailing operations for the Veterans Health Administration. Visit our Mail Management page for more information.