If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits.
Easy Ways to Apply for Enrollment
The very first step in obtaining access to your VA Health Benefits is to apply for enrollment. Effective immediately, Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, can complete applications for enrollment in VA health care by telephone without the need for a signed paper application. All other Veterans may apply by phone starting July 5, 2016.
When Veterans choose to enroll, VA offers an enhancement to their enrollment experience through “Welcome to VA” (W2VA). W2VA enhances communication by reaching out to newly enrolled Veterans through personal phone calls upon enrollment, providing assistance with health care inquiries and assisting with their initial appointment at their preferred VA healthcare facility. In addition, VA sends each new enrollee an introductory letter and personalized Veterans Health Benefits Handbook in the mail.
For more information about the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook, visit: https://www.va.gov/health/
What Care and Services Does VA Health Care Cover?
Each Veteran’s medical benefits package is unique. Yours will include care and services to help:
Treat illnesses and injuries
Prevent future health problems
Improve your ability to function
Enhance your quality of life
All Veterans receive coverage for most care and services, but only some will qualify for added benefits like dental care. The full list of your covered benefits depends on:
Your priority group, and
The advice of your VA primary care provider (your main doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant), and
The medical standards for treating any health conditions you may have
You should also know that being signed up for VA health care meets your Affordable Care Act (ACA) health coverage requirement of having “minimum essential health coverage.” The site will be updated if the ACA changes with new laws.