Disabled Veterans No Longer Have Copay for Telehealth Services
On Wednesday, May 8, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) official notice was given that veterans would no longer be charged a copayment when receiving health care through the VA’s Telehealth program.
Telehealth is a video conferencing system that allows VA health professionals such as psychiatrists, doctors, and nurses to hold video conferences with patients. Disabled veterans who are unable to travel due to their disabling condition or those who live in remote areas without a nearby VA hospital have benefitted greatly from this program.
Since the Telehealth system was implemented, both veterans’ families and the VA have been able to reduce travel expenses by holding counseling sessions over the Internet. This has allowed more disabled veterans to receive faster care as they can sometimes be waiting months for in-person appointments with VA health care services.
For veterans whose chronic disabling conditions make travel difficult or impossible, this allows VA doctors to follow up with their condition and care without needing to bring them to a hospital. Treatment such as counseling and therapy with a psychiatrist for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder can now be conducted from the comfort of the veterans’ home rather than a VA clinic.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability services, compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.