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Do You Have Medical Coverage????

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Jaybo, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. Jaybo

    Jaybo Olympia Washington Member

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    Some of you may already know, some of you might not.

    With all this health care talk going on, veterans already have health care...FOR LIFE....

    I know that not everyone has medical benefits, and I also know that this program will most likely not cover family members in most cases, however, if you have private medical or no medical at all, and you served in the military, you may be eligible for VA Medical Benefits. Even if you only enroll to take advantage of emergency care, its worth it. There is a long list of benefits available, including in and out patient care, preventative care and 30 day supplies of medication for 8 bucks!!!

    I was not aware of any benefits that I would get from being a 4 year veteran other than a VA Loan... until I was informed that I qualified for VA Medical Benefits for life. Its pretty comprehensive coverage, but the only catch, you have to have served and released with something other than dishonorable discharge... thats it. So its not really catch.

    I was never told this, and I was not informed of this until I had been out of the military for almost 6 years...

    Here are the two links that can get you started.

    http://www1.va.gov/health/ (Homepage)

    http://www1.va.gov/opa/Is1/1.asp (List of Benefits and Enrollment Info)
     
  2. grumpygy

    grumpygy Dexter New Member

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    VA yes service connected so they cover most everything, to include a triple bypass in Dec 06. What is not covered I got lucky and decided a few years ago to sign up for Tri-care. They are not the best but at least I do have coverage.
     
  3. DALE

    DALE Boring, Oregon Member

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    Thanks for posting this. It would probably behoove all vets to at least apply and get themselves into the VA system. When I used the calculator on the website, I got a high number, but that number would drop significantly with a lower income status. I am fortunate to have a pension and medical coverage at the present time but that could change and I may need to rely on the VA system in the future. I am sending in my app! My bro-in-law is living off soc-security now and I just called him to prod him into applying. Your post has resulted in getting at least two vets lined up for healthcare. :thumbup:
     
  4. Jaybo

    Jaybo Olympia Washington Member

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    :thumbup:

    That was the whole idea!! :cool:
     
  5. Sawdust

    Sawdust Bull Mountain(Tigard), OR Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I've been out for 18 years--now you tell me!!:)
     
  6. pdxjohann

    pdxjohann Portland near Tigard Member

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    Thanks for this post. Get the word out, I say! Five years ago or so, they did cut pharmaceutical coverage by a huge amount. But, the reminder to get signed up early is great advice. Again, back in 04 or so, they started a slow down on the acceptance paperwork - it took almost a year to get the paperwork through at one point. So, sign up now whether you need it today or not. A special note, the VA have some of our nations best Psychiatrists and blunt trauma brain damage specialists (like concussion or 2x4 upside - the - head repair.)