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Old 02-01-2019, 09:06 AM   #29
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that's why some people seem so bright before they open their mouths!
The VA, for some, isn't easy to navigate as we've seen by other posters. If you aren't interested in helping clarify, when being asked so that it's clear, then maybe not responding with an insult would be helpful.
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:33 AM   #30
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Your 1st post on subject was 6-18. What more can we tell you?
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100% SC probably makes a difference


I was 0% and had to 'manipulate' the system for routine care when we FTd
Would have to go to Regional Hospital and go to the Eligibility Office and 'sign up'----which consisted of showing Eligibility Staff my VA Medical Card . They would then go into their computer and poof I was deemed 'eligible' for care
Could NOT go into an VA Clinic etc...had to go thru the various Regional Hospitals


Now 30% SC and how things are handled are night/day from 0% SC


SO YEAH....would imagine 100% SC is handled very differently.
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Old 02-02-2019, 06:51 AM   #32
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Your 1st post on subject was 6-18. What more can we tell you?
I wasn't asking for myself. Amazing how you try to shroud this with "we" when you're the one who missed the point of my post, an attempt to get you to be clear so that it might help those who were posting their difficulties to understand better. I'd hope we can help one another.
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Old 02-07-2019, 06:25 PM   #33
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Just came upon this. It seems to apply more to vets who will return to their primary care center, but winter at another fixed location. My take is this doesn't apply to someone like me who is truly full time, has no home base, and will not always winter in the same location. That said, I'll check in where I am and get clarification.

https://helpdesk.vetsfirst.org/index...b.page&id=2737
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:16 PM   #34
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Just came upon this. It seems to apply more to vets who will return to their primary care center, but winter at another fixed location. My take is this doesn't apply to someone like me who is truly full time, has no home base, and will not always winter in the same location. That said, I'll check in where I am and get clarification.

https://helpdesk.vetsfirst.org/index...b.page&id=2737
Yes, this allows you a Primary and Alternative clinic to get your care. But it is useless unless you will be in the same locations all the time. If you are traveling around the country this will not work. You must be registered at both clinics and assign dates you will need care from each. Been there, done that. Chuck
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Anybody that is 65 or older should use Medicare...especially if retired military. Between Medicare and TFL as a secondary, we pay nothing. Also, it's much easier than the VA.
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Anybody that is 65 or older should use Medicare...especially if retired military. Between Medicare and TFL as a secondary, we pay nothing. Also, it's much easier than the VA.
OK. I know we are all supposed to know what these acronyms mean but I am stupid. What is TFL? Chuck
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OK. I know we are all supposed to know what these acronyms mean but I am stupid. What is TFL? Chuck
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Over all I have nothing but good to say about the VA system!
I'm Vietnam err, 2 year draftee. No service disability!


There phone system is a disaster and impossible to navigate and seem to never call you back!


Our local VA clinic is wonderful. Can't call them! Walk in with minor issues cold ect tell me sit down and I'm with a nurse within 10-15 minutes. She messages back and forth wit Dr. and if needed Dr. pops in. Gives you a voucher for meds and prescription and your off to Walmart. Need xray they hand you voucher and your off to local hospital. What more could I ask for?


Had major back surgery 2 years ago through Veterans Choice. Picked one of the best surgeons in the area, ended up just short of $700,000. My out of pocket is under $300. Fantastic!


I understand there has been cuts made in the Choice program and it's tied up in the Political mess in Washington right now! We will not discuss that here!


The Minneapolis is also great! But forget calling to get anything! I had 4 appointments there yesterday, it is 100 mile drive of coarse! Last month I was there to see pulmonary Dr. Decided to try getting into ENT which I've been there before. Asked nicely about possibility of seeing Dr.? 1 1/2 hour wait and I'm into ENT Dr.
Seen ENT again yesterday and have surgery scheduled in 26 days.


I agree the system is a monsterus beast to navigate but my personal experience has been GREAT! I'm hitting the road in my DP this spring so I may check out some other locations and get different results.
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Choice program is like pulling teeth, this is still difficult to use, but you can if you stay on top of these people, they don't authorize as fast and as easy as they say! I use the VA and Choice program. I've used VA facilities on the road, Tell them you are a traveling Vet and are put into their system! I've been two states away from home and realized I left my meds behind, went to the local VA in the town we were in, told them I was traveling and forgot my meds, they plugged me in their system and an hour later I was outta there! Happened again in my home state, but no clinic available, phoned my primary care team, told them where I was and they sent the script to the Wally World Pharmacy. I paid for that script, no problem, I see no reason why full timers should have a problem, wherever you are, go in and tell them you are traveling..
And what the heck is 100%SC?????
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DUH, SC, got it now!
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Your comments reflect my experiences. Ran out of meds on one trip and it took an hour or two (longer than expected as the doctor who normally did traveling vets was not in that day...) and I walked out with the meds I needed!
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Your comments reflect my experiences. Ran out of meds on one trip and it took an hour or two (longer than expected as the doctor who normally did traveling vets was not in that day...) and I walked out with the meds I needed!
So not straight to the pharmacy, to the ER first?
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