Veterans Administration Medical Center sets March 24 open house on veteran health care programs
MANCHESTER — The Manchester Veterans Administration Medical Center will host an open house for new enrollment for health care on Monday, March 24, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Manchester VAMC, 718 Smyth Road.
The meeting will be in the Training and Education Conference Room on the first floor.
Under Public Law 111-163, Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act of 2010, Section 513, veterans who served in Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, through May 7, 1975, or veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations between Aug. 2, 1990, through Nov. 11, 1998, are to be enrolled in VA services at the highest priority group for which they may be eligible.
For Vietnam veterans, there is a presumed Agent Orange exposure and for Persian Gulf War veterans, there is a presumed environmental contaminant exposure.
Subsequently, veterans who served in Vietnam or the Blue Waters area of operations during the Vietnam War and veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War cannot be rejected for enrollment and are entitled to be seen and treated at any VA Medical Center free of charge for all their needs under their Uniform Benefit Package.
In some instances, there may be a small prescription copayment for conditions not related to Agent Orange exposure, environmental contaminants exposure or a service-related injury.
Combat veterans (OEF/OIF/OND)
Combat veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll in the VA health care system five years from the date of discharge or release. Veterans who qualify under this special eligibility are not subject to copays for conditions potentially related to their combat service.
However, unless otherwise exempted, combat veterans must either disclose their prior year gross household income or decline to provide their financial information and agree to make applicable copays for care or services the VA determines are clearly unrelated to their military service.
The Affordable Care Act, VA, and You:
If you are enrolled in any of the VA's programs, including Veterans Health Care Program, Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), and the Spina Bifida Health Care Program, you have coverage under the standards of the health care law. If you think you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above, the Affordable Healthcare Act is another reason to enroll for VA medical care.
During the open house, veterans will receive assistance with enrollment for VA health care. A representative from Veterans Benefits Affairs will be available to answer questions.
Free blood pressure screenings will be offered, and general health and wellness information will be available.
Women veterans are encouraged to attend to find out what services the Manchester VA provides. Please bring your DD214 along with a government ID. If you have any questions, contact Stella M. Lareau, public affairs officer, at 624-4366, ext. 6779.