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Old 11-13-2015, 05:08 PM
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I've been reading a lot about the problems with the VA. I have some questions for our vets.
1) are veterans guaranteed healthcare thru the VA and if so, does years served matter?
2) if you served and then are employed in civilian world with employer providing healthcare, do you still go to VA?
3) if retired and on Medicare, are you covered under Medicare or do you have to go to VA?

Bottom line, at what point do you seek healthcare from the VA??
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:33 PM
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1 Yes, no
2 No, hell no. I want a vet who's only insurance is the VA to take my place as long as I was employed and had coverage elsewhere.
3 Yes, Medicare. VA is an option
Bottom line: I have a pretty good VA GP, and it is free for me to go see him. I go annually for all blood work and checkups.

I have also had several eye surgeries and have some good eye docs that I see at the VA, and continue to see them.

I have elected to use a Medicare Advantage plan instead of Medicare, and only see them once a year. I schedule these visits opposite my VA annual check ups so that I am seeing a Dr once every six months.

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I've been reading a lot about the problems with the VA. I have some questions for our vets.
1) are veterans guaranteed healthcare thru the VA and if so, does years served matter?
2) if you served and then are employed in civilian world with employer providing healthcare, do you still go to VA?
3) if retired and on Medicare, are you covered under Medicare or do you have to go to VA?

Bottom line, at what point do you seek healthcare from the VA??
Depends.
Did you get disabled while serving? Then yes
Medication? Means tested if your retired
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:54 PM
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There are (or used to be as of several years ago) seven levels of service connected ability to get VA care.

1. Documented injury/illness from active duty. This will get you care for that issue for the rest of your life. Only that issue.

2. Veteran. Got no money or assets. You can be entitled to all the care they will give you. (means tested)

3-7. Various states of service connected, partial service connected issues. Byzantine rules, arbitrary and capricious.

#7. You have your own assets and money. Least likely to get any VHA benefits.

So....
Even if you have all the money in the world, but ruined your knee in the service, you can get knee care at the VA for the rest of your life.

No veteran has to get VA care if they don't want to.
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:33 PM
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As a healthcare provider who sees mostly elderly patients, I will say that the VA provides several benefits that medicare does not, one of which is a monthly allowance for assisted living. I believe its about 1000 bucks/month. Although this does not cover the entire expense, it is often the difference between the ability to afford assisted living or not. This benefit also extends to the spouse. Also they will provide equipment such as wheelchair lifts, ramp
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