If you have any questions or concerns about this or other Veterans
issues, please give the Phelps County Veterans Services a call at (308)
995-4166 or 995-4961.
- ChampVA (Civilian Health and Medical Program for the Veterans
Administration) is a program designed for:
- Dependents of veterans who have been rated by VA as having a
total and permanent disability;
- Survivors of veterans who died from VA-rated service-connected
conditions, or who at the time of death, were rated permanently
and totally disabled from a VA-rated service-connected condition;
- Survivors of persons who died in the line of duty, and not due
- Under ChampVA, VA shares the cost of covered healthcare services
and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.
- The administration of ChampVA is centralized to the Health Administration
Center in Denver, Colorado.
- In general, ChampVA covers most healthcare services and supplies
that are medically and psychologically necessary. Upon confirmation
of eligibility, applicants will receive program material that specifically
addresses covered and noncovered services and supplies.
ChampVA General Exclusions
- Services determined by VA to be medically unnecessary;
- Care as part of a grant, study, or research program;
- Care considered experimental or investigational;
- Care for persons eligible for benefits under other government
agency programs, except Medicaid and State Victims of Crime Compensation
- Care for which the beneficiary is not obligated to pay, such
as services obtained at a health fair;
- Care provided outside the scope of the provider's license or
- Custodial, domiciliary, or rest cures;
- Dental care (except treatment related to certain covered medical
- Medications that do not require a prescription (except insulin);
- Personal comfort and convenience items;
- Services rendered by providers suspended or sanctioned by other
Eligibility for ChampVA
- The following persons are eligible for ChampVA benefits, providing
they are not eligible for TriCare or Medicare Part A as a result
of reaching the age of 65:
- The spouse or child of a veteran who has been rated by a
VA regional office as having a permanent and total service-connected
- The surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died as a
result of a VA-rated service-connected condition; or who, at
the time of death, was rated permanently and totally disabled
from a service-connected condition;
- The surviving spouse or child of a person who died in the
line of duty, and not due to misconduct.
Healthcare Benefits Eligibility
In order to qualify for enrollment in VA healthcare, the veteran
- Been discharged from active military service under honorable
- Served a minimum of 2 years, if discharged after September 7,
1980 (prior to this date, there is no time limit).
- If a National Guardsman or Reservist, served the entire period
for which called to active duty other than for training purposes
Once a veteran applies for enrollment, his or her application eligibility
will be verified. Based on the individual's specific eligibility status,
he or she is assigned a priority group. The priority groups are as follows,
ranging from 1-7 with 1 being the highest priority for enrollment. Under
the Uniform Benefits Package, the same services are generally available
to all enrolled veterans.
- Priority Group 1
- Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated 50% or
- Priority Group 2
- Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated 30% or
- Priority Group 3
- Veterans who are former POW's.
- Veterans whose discharge was for a disability that was incurred
or aggravated in the line of duty.
- Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated 10% or
- Veterans who are Purple Heart recipients (unless eligible
for a higher priority group).
- Veterans awarded special eligibility classification under
Title 38, U.S.C., Section 1151, "benefits for individualsdisabled
by treatment or vocational rehabilitation"
- Priority Group 4
- Veterans who are receiving aid and attendance or housebound
- Veterans who have been determined by VA to be catastrophically
- Priority Group 5
- Nonservice-connected veterans and service-connected veterans
rated 0% disabled whose annual income and net worth are below
the established dollar threshold. (Veterans in this priority
group must provide VA with information on their annual income
and net worth in order to determine whether they are below the
"means test" threshold; or agree to co-payment requirements.
The threshold is adjusted annually, and announced in January.
In making the assessment, the veteran's household income is
- Priority Group 6
All other eligible veterans who are not required to make co-payments
for their care, including:
- World War I and Mexican Border War veterans.
- Veterans receiving care solely for disabilities resulting
from exposure to toxic substances, radiation or for disorders
associated with service in the Gulf War; or for any illness
associated with service in combat in a war after the Gulf War
or during a period of hostility after November 11, 1998.
- Compensable 0% service-connected veterans.
- Priority Group 7
- Nonservice-connected veterans and noncompensable 0% service-connected
veterans whose needed care cannot be provided by enrolling in
any of the groups above and, who agree to pay specified co-payment.
Uniform Benefits Package
The Uniform Benefits Package will generally be provided to all enrolled
veterans regardless of their priority group. Public law 104-262 called
for VA to provide hospital care and outpatient care services that are
defined as "needed". VA defines "needed" as care or service that will
promote, preserve and restore health. This includes treatment, procedures,
supplies or services. This decision of need will be based on the judgment
of the health care provider, and in accordance with generally accepted
standards of clinical practice. The following three categories contain
a list of healthcare services that are provided under the Uniform Benefits
Package, a list of some that are not covered by VA and a list of other
services that are provided under special authority.
Services that are covered under the uniform benefits package:
Drugs, Biologicals, and Medical devices approved by the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Elective Sterilization Tubal Ligation or Vasectomy
- Emergency care in VA facilities
- Home healthcare
- Hospice care
- Hospital and Outpatient care
- Maternity benefits
- Medical and Surgical care
- Mental Healthcare
- Palliative care
- Preventive care and services
- Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Rehabilitation Care and Services
- Respite Care
- Substance Abuse Services
Services not covered under the uniform benefits package:
- Abortions and Abortion Counseling
- Drugs, Biologicals, and Medical devices not approved by the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Gender alterations
- Membership in Health Clubs and Spas
- Private duty nursing
Services covered under Special Authorities:
- Adult Day Healthcare
- Dental Care
- Domiciliary Care
- Emergency Care in Non-VA Facilities
- Homeless Programs
- Non-VA Care
- Nursing Home Care
- Readjustment Counseling Service (Vet Centers)
- Sensori-Neural Aids (i.e., eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing
- exual Trauma Counselingg
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides a broad spectrum
of medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care to its customers. Our
goal is to share information about these benefits and services to make
it as easy as possible for you to receive the care you need.
Veterans Consumer Health Information
this list of links to trusted sources of health care information for
Learn more about the VHA, including its mission, vision, organizational
structure, programs, and publications.
Read about current events and
newsworthy issues within the VHA.
Browse the list of VHA facilities
and Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) for addresses, telephone
numbers, and, where available, descriptions of services.
Search through the list of VHA programs to see if there are any from
which you can benefit.
Customer Service Standards
with the level of service you can expect in VHA facilities
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