Why Bill Insurance Companies for Veterans' Service-Related Injuries

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is required by law to bill any health insurance carrier that provides coverage for any veteran, including policies held by veteran significant others. The VA is required to bill private health insurance such as Humana, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Anthem, for medical cares, supplies and prescriptions provided for treatment of Veteran’s non-service connected conditions. A disability is service connected if you can prove that it resulted from injuries illness that you had while in the military. Veterans who are treated for service-connected conditions should not have their insurance company billed for treatment. The VA may bill and accept reimbursement from High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) for medical care and services provided to Veterans for non-service connected conditions. The VA also accept reimbursement from Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) for care provided for non-service connected conditions. Veterans who are service connected 10% or greater are not required to pay a copay for inpatient or outpatient medical care. The VA does not accept Tricare, Medicare and Medicaid for medical cares. Tricare is a health care program for active duty and retired members of the uniformed services and their family, and survivors. Medicare is federally funded health insurance for people 65 or older, under 65 with certain disabilities. Medicaid is a state administered health insurance provided to certain low income individuals and families who fit into eligibility group that is recognized by state law. Veterans that qualify for Medicaid will not pay copays for VA health care. The Department of Veteran’s affair located at Hampton VA is urban, however the Rural Health Initiative Team goes out t... ... middle of paper ... ...escriptions drugs. More than 1,700 places to get care. This means your coverage can go with you if you travel or move. The goal of the VA health system is to achieve excellence in patient care and customer satisfaction. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care meets the law’s standard for coverage. Therefore, veterans already enrolled in VA health Care would not be eligible for assistance in lowering the cost of their health insurance premium, if they were to purchase additional healthcare coverage outside the VA. If veterans are enrolled in VA, they do not need to take any additional steps to meet the health-care standards of the ACA. The VA wants all veterans to receive health care that improves their health and well-being. Veterans can continue use of the VA along with other health insurance plans such as Blue Cross/Blue shield, Humana and Anthem.

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