VA Outpatient Clinic
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- Some form of Identification
- Dependent information
- Family Health Insurance Information to include:
- Private Insurance Policy
- Medical cards
- You will be asked to provide family household income and financial information
- Income (earned or other)
- Financial Information
Veterans who are registered with this office and have been enrolled into Health Benefits, need only provide information related to changes in:
- Personal Status
- Dependent (family member) status
- Insurance coverage (Private or Public)
- Income or net worth as noted for new registrants
Eligibility must by confirmed at the start of each new calendar year (January to December). This requires that a Means Test be submitted before your eligibility anniversary (the day you were initially deemed eligible). We, however, recommend that you submit your Means Test as early in the year as possible to prevent RETORACTIVE CHARGES for medical services.
An important aspect of receiving medical benefits or services based on income is to assure a veteran does not incur charges for these benefits or services if the veteran’s previous year’s income increased beyond the ALLOWABLE INCOME THRESHOLD.
Let us explain.
In 2011 a veteran was unemployed and had no income. The veteran applied for Health Benefits (late in the year) in October of 2012 and was found eligible due to Zero (0) income. In this case his anniversary will be October 2013.
The veteran now dutifully submits the Means Test in September 2013. The veteran then receives a letter form the VA indicating ineligibility for services at no cost or reduced rates because the 2102 income exceeded the allowable income threshold. The veteran must now pay for any co-pays or other billable amounts the veteran incurred early in the year.
The VA understands that, in some instances, these charges will impose a hardship on the veteran. In these cases a veteran can request to be set on a payment plan to pay back the charges or request a waiver of the charges. Each case is reviewed on its merits. The veteran must submit an explanation on a VA Form 21-4138 - Statement of The Case and complete VA Form 5655 - Financial Status Report indicating how the charges will impose a hardship.