The Veterans Administration provides a medical benefits package of health services that are available to all enrolled
veterans. Benefits include preventive-care services, hospital services, prescription drugs, home heath-care services,long-term care benefits and nursing-home benefits.
The VA administers medical benefits through an annual patient-enrollment system. The VA's goal is to ensure veterans
receive the finest quality of health care regardless of the treatment program and location.
All veterans are encouraged to apply so they may determine their eligibility. Applying helps the VA determine the
number of potential veterans who may seek health-care services and is an important part of planning efforts.
New regulations raising veterans' income threshold took effect in June. This opened VA health care to some higher
income earners, so now is a good time to apply for enrollment in this program.
Veterans eligible for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage need to know that enrollment in the VA health-care
system is considered creditable coverage for Medicare Part D purposes. That means VA prescription drug coverage is at
least as good as Medicare Part D coverage.
Enrolled veterans are cautioned to fully consider the risks before canceling their existing insurance. The VA
encourages veterans to retain any health coverage they may already have. The VA also does not recommend veterans cancel
or decline coverage in Medicare or any other care or insurance programs solely because they are enrolled in VA health
care. It is important to note that VA health care is not considered a health insurance plan.
Richard Schleeter is the veterans service officer for the La Plata County Veterans Service Office. He can be reached at
759-0117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.