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Financial and Insurance Matters
If you, your spouse, or your child’s other parent is or was a military service member, or if your spouse or your child’s parent died or was disabled in the line of duty, you may qualify for health coverage from a source different from your job or your state health insurance Marketplace.
If you were ever on active duty in the military, you might qualify for Veterans Administration (VA) health benefits.
Service-connected health problems are generally covered, although there may be some deductibles. Veterans’ benefits change often, and the number of veterans’ medical facilities has been declining in recent years. To learn more visit www.va.gov/health/
What You Need to Know About Veterans Benefits
TRICARE is the Department of Defense’s health insurance program for those in the military, as well as some family members, survivors, and retirees. It offers a number of different plan options to cover people in the US and overseas, and includes family plans as well as plans for certain reservists. Pharmacy plans, dental plans, and other special services are available for some beneficiaries.
Contact TRICARE for complete and current information on TRICARE benefits for those who have been in the military and their families, including eligibility, plan details, and cost, as well as how to find providers in your area. You can find this information online, including the number to call in your area, at www.tricare.mil.
Another program called Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is available to certain spouses, widows, or widowers and children who are not eligible for TRICARE.
The program is administered by the VA Health Administration Center. You can find out more about CHAMPVA, including things like eligibility, benefits, finding a provider, and filing claims by calling 1-800-733-8387, or visiting their website, www.va.gov.
What You Need to Know About CHAMPVA
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Department of Veterans Affairs
Toll-free number: 1-800-827-1000
For information on Veteran’s medical benefits and whether you qualify for them
Toll-free number: 1-877-222-8387
VA Health Administration Center (CHAMPVA)
Toll-free number: 1-800-733-8387
Website: www.va.gov/hac (select CHAMPVA under “Special Programs”)
For Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA)— who lost a military spouse or parent, and spouses and children of military service members family members with service-related disabilities
Learn about eligibility, plan details, and cost for the health insurance program for military service members, retirees, families, and survivors. You can find information online, learn how to find providers nearby, and get the phone number to call in your area.
Medicare – US Department of Health and Human Services
Toll-free number: 1-800-633-4227
Answers questions, provides literature, and gives referrals to state Medicare offices and local HMO’s with Medicare contracts.
US Department of Labor, Employee Benefits, Security Administration (EBSA)
Toll-free number: 1-866-444-3272
Information on employee benefit laws and requirements of employer-based health coverage. Special information for military reservists who must leave their private employers for active duty can be found at: www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/userra/mainmenu.asp
TRICARE Management Activity. Popular topics. Accessed at www.tricare.mil on April 19, 2019.
US Department of Veterans Affairs. Community care. Accessed at https://www.va.gov/communitycare/ on April 19, 2019.
US Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal benefits for veterans, dependents, and survivors. Accessed at: www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp on April 19, 2019.
Last Revised: May 13, 2019
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