Medicare and Veterans Disability Benefits: When It Does and Does Not Cover You
With many of the Vietnam-era veterans approaching the age where they are eligible for Medicare, it is important to understand when certain types of government medical benefits apply to your health care.
In most cases, when you seek medical care you will have to make a decision as to which type of benefits you will be using to cover your treatment.
For veterans who receive benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), such as retirement benefits or disability pay, you may be aware that you typically must go to VA hospitals for your health care in order to be covered. For Medicare, the program runs much the same except that you can go to a non-VA hospital to receive coverage.
There are a few cases where both Medicare and VA benefits will pay, such as when the VA authorizes payment for part of the services rendered at a non-VA hospital – Medicare can then pick up the remainder. You should know that the programs will not pay again for the same service that was covered by the other program. What this means, in general, is that you cannot overlap the benefits to pay for the same medical service that you received.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability 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.