Effective immediately, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will no longer evaluate a veteran’s net worth as part of the eligibility factors for health care programs and co-pay responsibilities. This change will allow an estimated 190,000 more veterans to qualify for VA health care over a five-year period.
Prior to this change, a veteran’s income was combined with his assets to determine eligibility for medical care at VA facilities as well as his obligation for copayments. Now, the VA will only consider the veteran’s gross household income and deductable expenses from the previous year.
This change also means that certain low-income, non-service-disabled veterans will have less out-of-pocket costs for health care. Last year, the VA started the process of simplifying health care financial eligibility by eliminating the annual requirement for updated financial information and obtaining it directly from the IRS and Social Security Administration.
If you apply for health care through the VA or your co-pays are too high, you may need to manually update your income information through the VA’s website at www.1010ez.med.va.gov or by visiting your local VA health care facility.
Regular medical care is not only a right for most U.S. military veterans, it is also a necessity for veterans who suffered service-connected injuries or disabling conditions. If you are having trouble meeting your health care needs, you should make sure you have applied to and been approved for veterans’ disability benefits.
Filing a veterans’ disability claim can be difficult and time-consuming. Any errors in your application or missing medical or military records could lead to claim denial. When you’re ready to get started, contact Veterans Help Group® for assistance and support for your claim. Call today 1-855-855-8992.