Starting in March 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will eliminate the requirement that veterans enrolled in the VA’s health care system report their income information annually. This thanks to better communication between the VA and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Eligibility for no-cost health care from the VA is income-based, as it is only available to indigent veterans unless the veteran is disabled or injured in a service-connected incident. The VA will now automatically collect the tax and benefit data from the IRS and SSA to verify that a veteran still meets the income thresholds for free VA health care. First time applicants may still be required to submit their financial information during their initial application.
The VA notes that there will be no change to its current mission to provide no-cost care to indigent veterans, veterans with catastrophic injuries, veterans with service-connected health conditions, and veterans with a 50 percent disability rating or higher.
Even though the VA will now automatically review and verify your income information based upon reports from the IRS and SSA, you should continue to use the health benefits renewal form to update your personal information when changes occur. For example, losing or starting a job, adding or removing a dependant relative or next of kin, and any changes in income or health insurance outside of VA benefits.
The Law Offices of Veterans Help Group is here to help disabled veterans obtain the full range of benefits available to themselves and their families. To discuss eligibility for certain veterans’ programs and benefits, contact our veterans disability rights firm today. Call Veterans Help Group at 1-855-855-8992.