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VA Benefits and Medicare Revisited

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by kolared person, Aug 3, 2008.

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  1. kolared person

    kolared person TS Member

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    I was at the VA clinic last week for my annual blood work. I asked the Doc if I needed both VA benefits and Medicare. He said probably not because I Am healthy. BUT--He mentioned that if you have an emergency like a heart attack or a severe accident the ambulance is required to take you to the closest emergency room. The VA hospitals will only admit you if you are stable-all vital sign normal.
     
  2. spitter

    spitter Well-Known Member TS Supporters

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    I would contact the VA directly, but I would suspect that in the event of an emergency, the VA would extend some ER benefits to get you stable, but once stable have you transferred to a VA facility for continued observation and/or treatment - somewhat similar to an HMO... in a "true" emergency one can go anywhere, but once the emergency passes, you are expected to go in-network.

    Regarding Medicare, remember Part is no cost for "hospital" coverage... Part B is the "doctor" portion you pay for.

    Jay
     
  3. Shooting Jack

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    Bigunn, Please clarify what your were saying for me. I am retired from Air Force and receive a pension and do some side work and make less than $30,000.00 total but I am on Tricare Prime. Nearest military facility or VA is 75 miles. Does that make me eligible for travel expense? I know that I can go to a local hospital with an emergency and will sign up for Social Security next year at age 62. Trying to learn what my options are now. Jackie B.
     
  4. grunt

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    Shooting Jack, Id go on line to the Tricare site, lots of good information.
     
  5. g7777777

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    way too complicated to discuss in general terms

    your details are the most important- but even tri care for retirees requires you enroll in medicare part b I hink

    If you are tri care eligible - call the tri care rep

    If you are VA care eligible only - call or go see the VA rep with your disability rating in hand if you have one

    Once you get an opinion in person- or what you think is an opinion- write that up- type it- and send it in- and ask them to confirm that in writing

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
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