VA Emergency Room Reimbursement
Where are my veteran peeps? If the VA is your primary health provider and you had non-emergency room visits in the past and had a hard time getting the VA to cover your expenses, read on:
If a veteran who uses the VA health care system has an emergency that involves having to go to a civilian emergency room, you need to be conscious enough to tell them you are a veteran and have them call someone to get approval ahead of time. Of course, the person the emergency room attendant is to call remains a mystery and changes frequently.
If the veteran is completely unconscious and doesn't get approval ahead of time, he/she will have to jump through all kinds of hoops to get the VA to pay for the emergency room!
The irony is dependents of 100% service-connected veterans who have ChampVA (insurance for qualified dependents of 10% service-connected veterens) can go just about anywhere they choose for medical treatment. Whereas, veterans cannot. Somehow it seems wrong that the veteran has less choices than his/her dependents. But, it is the same crazy process for active duty members. Their dependents can go anywhere and the military member has to use base facilities if he/she is stationed near one.
The good news is the VA procedures are slowly changing. We now have the Mission Act and the supreme court just ruled that the VA must reimburse veterans for emergency room care. Here's an article that talks about the Supreme Court decision to reimburse veterans for their emergency room care.
Are you a veteran or do you know a veteran? What kinds of issues have you faced in the VA? Comment below and let me know.
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