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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Benefits of VA health care explained

Indianapolis, IN (October 7, 2018) VRI — The Veterans Administration offers a variety of health care services. Enrollment in the VA health care system provides veterans with the promise that comprehensive health care services will be available when and where they are needed. In addition to the assurance that services will be available, enrolled veterans appreciate not having to repeat the application process, regardless of where they seek their care or how often. VA is America’s largest integrated health care system, serving more than 9 million veterans each year.

Need more reasons to enroll?

• You don’t need to take additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards.

• Medical care rated among the best in the U.S.

Immediate benefits of health care coverage. Veterans can apply for VA health care enrollment at any time.

• No enrollment fee, monthly premiums or deductibles. Most veterans have no out-of-pocket costs. Some veterans may have to pay small copayments for health care or prescription drugs.

• More than 1,200 VA medical facilities available to get your care. This means your coverage can go with you if you travel or move.

• Freedom to use other plans with your VA health care, including Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE or private insurance.

• Enrolled veterans who are travelling or spending time away from their preferred facility can obtain care at any VA health care facility across the country without having to reapply.

• Under VA’s medical benefits package, the same medical benefits are generally available to all enrolled veterans.


Quickly find out if you may be eligible for enrollment. Use the3 online VA Health Benefits Explorer at to answer a few questions about yourself and learn about the VA health care benefits you could receive as an enrolled veteran. Afterward, you will be given an opportunity to apply for enrollment. If you wish, you can skip the Explorer and simply apply for enrollment using one of the options below.

Telephone: Veterans can complete applications for enrollment in VA health care by telephone. To apply, call (877) 222 8387, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. VA staff members will collect the needed information and process the application for an enrollment determination.

Online: Veterans can fill out the application online at and electronically submit it to VA for processing. VA will search for your supporting documentation through its electronic information systems and contact you if it is unable to verify your military service. For help filling out the application, call (877) 222-8387, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Mail: The application form can be downloaded from Mail the completed and signed form to: Health Eligibility Center, Enrollment Eligibility Division, 2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30329-1647.

In person: You can apply at any VA health care facility.

You select where you want to receive your care. As part of the enrollment process, Veterans will be given the opportunity to select the VA Medical Center or Community Based Outpatient Clinic where they prefer to be seen. To find a facility near you, visit VA’s directory at

The information is from the 2018 Edition, Vol. 1, Health Care Benefits Overview. If you have any questions, call the Veterans Affairs Office at (800) 827-1000.