Eliminating the requirement for annual income reporting makes the health care benefits easier for veterans to obtain. This change will reduce the burden on veterans, improve customer service and make it much easier for veterans to keep their health care eligibility up-to-date.
Some veterans applying for enrollment for the first time are still required to submit income information. There is no change in VA’s long standing policy to provide no-cost care to indigent veterans, veterans with catastrophic medical conditions, veterans with a rating of 50 percent or higher, or for conditions that are officially rated as “service-connected.”
Veterans need to continue to use the health benefits renewal form to report changes in their personal information, such as address, phone numbers, dependents, next of kin, income and health insurance. For more information, visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/cost or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387).
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Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.