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1 Health Administration Center Programs for Veterans and Their Family Members Veteran Service Officer Training

2 Douglas Katason Lead Congressional Liaison

3 Overview The CHAMPVA Program –Resources –Eligibility –Application process –Benefits

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5 Access to Information Cannot provide information contained in a claim or application, i.e. what it was for, the amount paid, etc. Can provide only general status of an application or claim as to where it is in processing Power of Attorney required to provide specific information regardless of any other appointment letter or relationship to beneficiary

6 CHAMPVA Beneficiaries

7 CHAMPVA-Eligibility Family members, not for veterans Not eligible for TRICARE, beneficiaries can not choose between the two. Veteran must –be permanently and totally disabled –have died from a service connected condition –been P&T at the time of death

8 CHAMPVA-Eligibility Children –Through age 18, if in school fulltime, age 23 –Current legislative change to increase the age to 26: has not been signed yet. –If permanently disabled and VARO determines is Helpless Child

9 CHAMPVA-Eligibility Spouses until divorce, NO EXCEPTIONS! Widow(er): until remarriage –If remarriage ends (by death, divorce or annulment, beneficiary may be entitled to reinstatement Survivor remarried age 55 and older keeps CHAMPVA

10 CHAMPVA- Eligibility If under age 65 and Medicare eligible, must be enrolled in Parts A and B If over age 65 and Medicare eligible: –before June 5, 2001, must keep Part B if enrolled on June 5, 2001 –on and after June 5, 2001, must enroll in Parts A and B

11 Application Process VARO notifies beneficiary of eligibility –No notification to HAC Application required, information verified with VARO –May take a long time –Benefits backdated to date of qualifying event

12 Application Process Application must include: –Application (VA Form 10-10d) –OHI Certification Form ( c) –Copy of Medicare card (if on Medicare)

13 Application Process Application may include copy (never an original) of: –Rating decision –Marriage license –Birth certificate/adoption papers –DD214 or Report of Separation ALLOWS PROCESSING IN LESS THAN 30 DAYS- NO WAIT FOR VARO VERIFICATION

14 Application Process After eligibility is determined, verified against DEERS -- benie does NOT have to update DEERS (weekly process) Cards, handbook, etc. mailed.

15 CHAMPVA Benefits Major medical plan Annual deductible $50/$100 max Shares cost 75% -- user pays 25% unless care provided by VA –CITI –Meds by Mail –DME Inpatient, outpatient, mental health, substance abuse, prescription medication (includes those on MEDICARE), hospice

16 CHAMPVA Benefits No network of providers or provider contracts Complete freedom of choice! Benies do NOT need to see a VA doctor - CHAMPVA covers them when they see a private provider

17 CHAMPVA Benefits Not Covered –Routine dental –Routine vision, unless disease –Chiropractic –Routine exams except school physicals –Custodial/Domiciliary Care (nursing home, long term care)

18 CHAMPVA And Medicare For those with Medicare or over 65 Same program as for those not on Medicare or under 65 Used to be called “CFL “

19 Contact Information Phone Center – –Mon-Fri, 8:05 AM- 7:30 PM (Eastern) –Improvements Preauthorization – Same Hours

20 Contact Information Web site: –Extensive information Letter CHAMPVA PO Box Denver CO

21 Language Availability All CHAMPVA items –Spanish in stock CHAMPVA Handbook Only –Other languages and Braille upon request –3-5 weeks to translate Other Programs –On request –3-5 weeks to translate Phone Center –Any language –Hearing impaired

22 Care Giver Provides CHAMPVA on a limited time basis for care givers of wounded warriors –Family members –Spouses –Same sex partners –Friends Eligibility is set by the Veteran’s local VAMC Training is involved

23 Foreign Medical Program Application must include: –FMP Registration Form - VA Form f-1 –Rating decision Mail the application to: FMP Office PO Box Denver, CO USA

24 Application Process Will receive a letter from us listing conditions we will pay for Veteran can have any % of disability including 0% 100% disability overseas does not entitle Veteran to full coverage, only listed conditions

25 Application Process Claims must be made within one year of service Payments are made at the exchange rate on day of service Different rules in Philippines and Canada –Philippines has a VA –Veterans can us Canadian VA

26 Questions


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