Skip to Content

How to file a VA Foreign Medical Program claim

The Foreign Medical Program (FMP) covers medical care that you get in a country outside the U.S. for a service-connected condition. Read this page to find out how to file your claim.

What to know before you file an FMP claim

If your provider files your FMP claim for you, we’ll pay the provider directly for the cost of your service-connected care.

If your provider doesn’t file a claim, you’ll need to pay the provider and file a claim yourself. We’ll then pay you back for the cost of your service-connected care.

Note: We only cover the cost of care for your service-connected conditions or conditions that relate to or make your service-connected condition worse.

How to file your claim if your provider doesn’t file for you

You can file your claim by mail or fax. The address or fax number for your claim depends on the country where you got care.

You’ll need to include a completed FMP Claim Cover Sheet (VA Form 10-7959f-2) and your supporting documents. Keep reading to find out the supporting documents you need based on the type of care.

Get VA Form 10-7959f-2 to download

Option 1: By mail

Mail your completed VA Form 10-7959f-2 and supporting documents to this address (for care in any country except for Canada):

VHA Office of Integrated Veteran Care
Foreign Medical Program (FMP)
PO Box 469061
Denver, CO 80246-9061

If you got care in Canada, mail your completed VA Form 10-7959f-2 and supporting documents to this address:

Foreign Countries Operations (FCO)
2323 Riverside Drive, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1A OP5

Option 2: By fax

Fax your completed VA Form 10-7959f-2 and supporting documents to 303-331-7803 (for care in any country except for Canada).

If you got care in Canada, fax your completed VA Form 10-7959f-2 and supporting documents to 613-991-0305.

Supporting documents to send with your claim

You’ll need to send these documents with your claim:

  • An itemized billing statement from your provider. Make sure the statement includes your provider’s full name and medical title, office address, billing address, and phone number. And make sure the statement includes a list of the health conditions you got care for and the dates you got that care.
  • Proof that you paid the provider. You can send a receipt or a billing statement that’s marked as “paid.”
  • Any more supporting documents you need for certain types of care. Keep reading to learn what you need to send for inpatient hospital care, medical devices, equipment, supplies, prescription medicines, or COVID-19 vaccines.

Note: To help us process your claim faster, ask your provider if they can provide any documents or notes in English. We’ll translate any information written in other languages. But translation may add to the processing time for your claim.

More documents to send for certain types of claims

Inpatient hospital care

Send your discharge summary. You get this document when you leave the hospital. If you got an operation, include your operation report.

Medical devices, equipment, or supplies

Send the prescription for the device, equipment, or supplies. Make sure the document includes this information:  

  • Name and detailed description of the device, equipment, or supplies
  • Related health condition
  • How long you need to use the device, equipment, or supplies

If your equipment or device has modifications (changes) or nonstandard features, include a description of these changes or features and why you need them.

Prescription medicines

Send the prescription and a receipt from your provider or the pharmacy. If you don’t have your receipt, you can send a billing statement with the pharmacist’s signature and a stamp that says “paid.”

Make sure the receipt includes this information:

  • Name, address, and phone number of the pharmacy
  • Name, dosage, strength, quantity, and cost of the medicine
  • Related medical condition
  • Date the pharmacy filled the prescription
  • Provider’s signature

COVID-19 vaccines

Make sure your itemized billing statement includes the name of the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer. If you don’t have an itemized statement, you can submit a receipt.

Learn about COVID-19 vaccines at VA

When to file your claim

You must file your claim within 2 years of when you got the care.

If you stayed in a hospital for care, you must file your claim within 2 years of when you left the hospital.

What to expect after you file your claim

We’ll review your documents. If we need more information, we’ll contact you.

If we decide we can cover your claim under FMP

We’ll send you a U.S. Treasury check for the claim amount.

Note: We’ll convert the claim amount into U.S. dollars when we pay your claim. We’ll use the conversion rate from the date you received care.

If we decide we can’t cover your claim under FMP

If you disagree with our decision, you can ask us to reconsider our decision. We call this an appeal. You must request the appeal within 1 year of the original decision.

Mail a letter requesting an appeal to this address:

VHA Office of Integrated Veteran Care
Reconsiderations/Appeals
PO Box 460948
Denver, CO 80246-0948 USA

Include any new information or documents that support your claim.

How to contact us about FMP claims

You can contact us in any of these ways:

Option 1: Online

Contact us online through Ask VA

Option 2: By email

Email us your questions at HAC.FMP@va.gov. To protect your privacy, don’t send sensitive personal or health care information by email.

Option 3: By phone

Call the FMP office at 303-331-7590 (TTY: 711). We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:05 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. ET.

If you’re living in one of these countries, you can call the FMP office toll-free:

How do you rate your experience on this page?

Error Please select an answer

VA benefits

  • Health care

    Apply for VA health care, find out how to access services, and manage your health and benefits online.

Need more help?