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U.S Veterans VA Emergency Care Coverage New Regulation

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A program some U.S. veterans may not be aware of is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Non-VA Care program. This program is designed to offer health care options to veterans who are unable to readily access VA medical centers and clinics.

On January 12, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K Shinseki, announced a new regulation going into effect that will extend the VA’s authority to pay for emergency care that is provided at a non-VA facility.

The Non-VA Care program currently provides payment benefits or reimbursement to veterans who must obtain emergency care at a non-VA facility. This can happen for a number of reasons, including lack of specialists to handle a serious health condition, long wait times at the local VA facility, or when the local VA medical center is too far for the veteran to reasonably travel for medical treatment.

Before a veteran receives reimbursement from the Non-VA Care program, they must first be granted approval from the VA.
The process involves filing a claim for this approval on the initial check-up. The program is not designed to replace or augment veterans’ disability benefits and is typically used only in emergency situations.

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.