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Veteran Care Overview

icon medalVA provides health care for Veterans from providers in your local community outside of VA. Veterans may be eligible to receive care from a community provider when VA cannot provide the care needed. This care is provided on behalf of and paid for by VA.

Community care is available to Veterans based on certain conditions and eligibility requirements, and in consideration of a Veteran’s specific needs and circumstances. Community care must be first authorized by VA before a Veteran can receive care from a community provider.

As with care provided directly by VA, Veterans are charged a copayment for nonservice-connected care. Learn how to pay your bill and alternative payment options. In addition, VA may bill Veterans’ health insurance for medical care, supplies, and prescriptions related to treatment of nonservice-connected conditions.

Learn More About Costs and Billing

Types of Care

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Information about community care.

How to access community care and schedule appointments, and covered services

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Veteran urgent care services.

Urgent care services are used
to treat non-life threatening injuries and illnesses

Emergency Care icon

Veteran emergency care services.

Health care for Veterans in medical emergencies

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Foreign Medical Care program.

Health care benefits for eligible Veterans living or traveling in foreign countries

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Home health and Hospice care services.

Care provided to Veterans
in their home

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Indian and Tribal health services.

Health care for eligible American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans

IVF icon

In vitro fertilization services.

Infertility treatment and
services for Veterans with certain service‑connected conditions

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State Veterans Home program.

Nursing home, domiciliary,
and adult day care for Veterans provided by state governments

Flu Shot icon

No cost flu shots.

Free flu shots for Veterans through VA facilities, or an in‑network retail pharmacy or urgent care location

Costs and Billing

COVID-19 icon

COVID-19 Medical Debt Relief: American Rescue Plan

COVID-19 debt relief options for Veterans and dependents

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Vetean copayment rates.

Information about copayments for nonservice-connected care

Billing icon

Information about VA billing.

Pay bills online, in person,
by phone or mail, and
dispute information

Hardship icon

VA financial hardship assistance.

Alternative copayment payment options for Veterans with difficult financial circumstances

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Other health insurance.

Using private health insurance
for nonservice-connected care