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Old 01-14-2020, 10:39 PM   #1
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VA medical coverage

So I have a question that no one seems to be able to answer, Having served in the Air Force for 8 years I have been trying to get medical coverage. however the VA has given a couple different reasons every time. Many of my friends that have separated from the service have received benefits for no reason that they can explain. I have been told to keep trying that sooner or later the squeaking wheel gets the grease. Frankly when I separated I was under the impression that only the career guys got the coverage, yet so many I talk to are not even close. Some were only in for 1 term, im just so unclear as to the parameters they have to determine who is or is not eligible.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:48 PM   #2
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VA medical facilities/coverage is supposed to be to help veterans with service related injuries/conditions/problems. 20 years ago the bean counters figured the facilities were being under utilized so they agreed to treat all vetrans on a space available basis and if the veteran had other coverage, like Medicare or Tricare, they could collect that money.

Of course that pendulum swung too far the other way which resulted in many VA facilities having too much workload and consequently we got the VA horror stories I'm sure you heard about. So now it is much more difficult for a veteran without service related issues to be accepted into a VA medical facility for treatment on a space available basis.
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When you separated, you should have attended Transition Assistance Program, (TAPs) class. This is a requirement before separation. They should have explained that your medical records would be evaluated for a disability rating. If you don't have medical coverage, you were likely healthy when you were discharged. Some people work the system to get disability they are not entitled to. The legal term would be malingering and is a punishable offense.
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Without a documented service connected medical condition, VA medical coverage is determined by other evaluations.
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Without a documented service connected medical condition, VA medical coverage is determined by other evaluations.
https://www.va.gov/health-care/eligi...iority-groups/
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I'm going through a goat rope with the VA currently. The latter part of '18 my kidneys started failing and I ended up on dialysis by February 2019. The VA has done all my kidney workups but still getting the runaround. I go in for the C&P next week and taking more secondary info with me including all the monthly labs hopefull to prove my claim.
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I have a VA card and although I don't use it I was under the impression that everyone was eligible or maybe it just for all Vietnam vets because of agent orange.

Hope it works out for you.
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I have a VA card and although I don't use it I was under the impression that everyone was eligible or maybe it just for all Vietnam vets because of agent orange.

Hope it works out for you.
https://www.va.gov/health-care/eligi...iority-groups/
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