The American Legion’s Jacob B. Gadd, deputy director for Healthcare, recently attended a VHA Chief Business Office Member Services Enrollment Outreach Council Meeting. VA has implemented a number of outreach initiatives to help veterans enroll for health care:
To receive health care, veterans generally must be enrolled. Veterans do not have to be enrolled if they have a service-connected disability of 50 percent or more, or need care for a compensable disability. A veteran may apply for enrollment at any VA health-care facility or veterans benefits office at any time. There is no time limit. A form, “Application for Health Benefits,” VA Form 10-10EZ, must be completed and can be submitted in person or by mail. Veterans must ensure the printed application form is signed; otherwise, it cannot be processed for enrollment. Application forms can be obtained by visiting, calling or writing any VA health-care facility or veterans’ benefits office, or by calling, toll-free, (877) 222-8387.
For a new VA patient, not already enrolled, the application for enrollment will be generated automatically as part of the patient registration process at the first visit to a VA health-care facility. After the veteran has enrolled, VA will send a letter from the VA Health Eligibility Center notifying the veteran of his/her priority group. However, this letter is not necessary to initially receive treatment. Check with the local VA health-care facility if there is uncertainty about a veteran’s enrollment status.
Once enrolled, most veterans will remain enrolled without further action on their part. However, certain veterans are required to provide income information to determine their Priority level. These veterans will be asked to update their personal information at their VA medical center on an annual basis. Failure to update this information could adversely affect a veteran’s enrollment status.
The American Legion is committed to assisting VA in helping veterans enroll for VA health care. Currently, American Legion National Headquarters staff are working together on a Veterans Health Benefit Center on The American Legion’s website. Information such as enrollment will be one of the items in the center to provide additional assistance. For enrollment questions or concerns, please contact the VA&R Division at (202)861-2700 or via e-mail.