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    Nows a good time to find out....

    All Vets need to go to the VA.GOV site and register for VA Health Care. You will get a priority number that will tell you how much you can count on the VA for help. You may have private insurance and never plan on going to the VA evah.
    You earned it. Use it. Showing up at the clinic needing help is the wrong time to find out that you are a Category 8 when you need Category 1 care.

    The cost is nothing but your time. And, it's time is well spent.

    Priority Groups for VA Medical Care

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    Thanks for the info.

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    Forget the VA on Healthcare unless you have a military disability or unless you are low income. We all missed the boat as VA closed the enrollment in 2003. I recently tried to enroll as I fear loosing my retirement coverage due to a takeover of my old company and I was denied. I had 10 1/2 years in the military, two tours in Vietnam and served on the Presidential Staff and I get denied? Thats what I get for being concientous and not applying in my earlier years because I did not need it due to company coverage!
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    Van & Carole

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    Quote Originally Posted by vangoes View Post
    Forget the VA on Healthcare unless you have a military disability or unless you are indigent. We all missed the boat as VA closed the enrollment in 2003. I recently tried to enroll as I fear loosing my retirement coverage due to a takeover of my old company and I was denied. I had 10 1/2 years in the military, two tours in Vietnam and served on the Presidential Staff and I get denied? Thats what I get for being concientous and not applying in my earlier years because I did not need it due to company coverage!
    They have just recently reopened enrollment. Check out the VA site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leftyf View Post
    They have just recently reopened enrollment. Check out the VA site.
    Its still the same. If you have income or savings above the threshold (which is very low), you will be placed in Priority group 8e or g and new enrollment was suspended in these categories on January 16, 2003. I wish it would be reopened but currently it isnt.

    VA Site:
    Effective January 17, 2003, VA suspended NEW enrollment of veterans assigned to Priority Group 8e or 8g (VA’s lowest priority group consisting of higher income veterans). Veterans assigned to these groups are NOT eligible for enrollment at this time.
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    From the Desk of the Secretary of the Veterans Administration

    Classification 8 to Reopen June 2009 <==== Click me!



    That should be re-open. Ok, sew I kaint spheul.

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    Thanks for the update Leftyf. If I read this correctly, it is only going to open the enrollment to include veterans with a slight higher net worth/income than what it currently is. I certainly hope I am wrong, but if I do some rough ciphering, it would mean that you can have approx. $8,000 more per year combination of income/net worth as to what it currently is. I wonder how many veterans this will really help? I guess I am just disappointed......if it helps just one veteran it is better than nothing!!! Keep us advised if you hear/find out otherwise. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vangoes View Post
    Thanks for the update Leftyf. If I read this correctly, it is only going to open the enrollment to include veterans with a slight higher net worth/income than what it currently is. I certainly hope I am wrong, but if I do some rough ciphering, it would mean that you can have approx. $8,000 more per year combination of income/net worth as to what it currently is. I wonder how many veterans this will really help? I guess I am just disappointed......if it helps just one veteran it is better than nothing!!! Keep us advised if you hear/find out otherwise. Thanks.
    I understand...I'm always $1 over or $1 under. Or, wrong hair color, wrong war, wrong part of Vietnam, rank too high, rank too low, wrong branch of service, you name it, I didn't qualify.

    When, I signed up I was making about $175K a year had Blue Cross Blue Shield and wouldn't have gone to the VA in Houston...if I had had a gunshot wound to my head.

    Now, I'm checking the number of clinics and where they are at. And, there are a lot of clinics in Texas. Closest one to where I'm going to winter over is Fort Stockton. My only concern is prescriptions. Anything else, it's out to Beaumont AMC.

    Let me know how it all works out. Hope you get it.

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    It is the same routine in California for the tuition payment for dependents of disabled or killed veterans. My husband received military disability but when it was time to send the first kid to college and we started to complete the paperwork - Surprise - She made too much at her little part-time job at See's candies to qualify. With the last kid, the poverty level had been adjusted upwards but now I had to calculate how much money I contributed to her support. If she didn't work, I still contributed too much money to her support for her to qualify for a full ride to state college. While I am thankful that I have enough to live comfortably, it was through careful planning. I couldn't live on my portion of my husbands retirement pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leftyf View Post
    All Vets need to go to the VA.GOV site and register for VA Health Care. You will get a priority number that will tell you how much you can count on the VA for help. You may have private insurance and never plan on going to the VA evah.
    You earned it. Use it. Showing up at the clinic needing help is the wrong time to find out that you are a Category 8 when you need Category 1 care.

    The cost is nothing but your time. And, it's time is well spent.

    Priority Groups for VA Medical Care
    As I read it, the service is available primarily for veterans with service-related problems. If you already have health care insurance, the VA will bill them for services rendered. Which means your private carrier will probably be sending you bills. Those of us who are also veterans (got a DD214, blue ID, wall full of mementos, and a pension check to boot) with no service-related problems will not get much of anything from the VA. And I would not want to clog a system designed to aid those who have sacrificed a lot more than I did.
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