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64.009 Veterans Medical Care Benefits
VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
38 U.S.C. 102(2), 1705, 1710, and 5303A.
To provide outpatient medical services, hospital care, medicines and supplies to eligible veterans in receipt of VA health care.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Hospital care includes: (1) Medical services rendered in the course of the hospitalization of any eligible veteran; (2) for certain eligible veterans, an established rate of travel, currently 11 cents a mile with a deductible imposed; (3) when medically indicated, payment for specialized modes of transportation, such as by ambulance, of any veteran with a service-connected disability or receiving, or eligible to receive, VA pension, or whose income does not exceed the applicable maximum annual VA pension rate; (4) such mental health services, consultations, professional counseling, and training of an eligible veteran or members of the immediate family as may be necessary or appropriate to the effective treatment and rehabilitation of the veteran; and (5) medical services rendered an eligible dependent of a veteran totally and permanently disabled from a service-connected disability or the widow, widower or child of a veteran who died as a result of a service-connected disability, or who at the time of death had total disability permanent in nature, resulting from a service-connected disability, or who is the surviving spouse or child of a person who died while on active duty and is not eligible for Civilian Health and Medical program of the Uniform Service (CHAMPUS), Medicare, or under the Civilian Health and Medical program, Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA). Outpatient medical services includes examination, treatment, certain home health services, podiatric, optometric, dental, supportive medical services and surgical services are provided to veterans in VA facilities or under fee basis hometown care programs when properly authorized. Persian Gulf veterans and veterans of the Panama, Grenada, and Lebanon hostilities, in VA operated outreach centers, on contract, or in a VA facility. Sexual trauma counseling may be provided to a woman veteran which resulted from a physical assault of sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while serving on active duty.
Applicant Eligibility: Must have enlisted in the armed forces before September 7, 1980. Veterans who enlisted in the armed forces after September 7, 1980, or entered on active duty after October 16, 1981, must have 24 continuous months of active duty service or completed the full period of time for which the individual was called or ordered to active duty. In either case the individual must have been discharged or released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. Must be enrolled in the VA health care system or have: A VA service- connected rating of 50 percent or greater, an adjudicated service- connected disability; or been recently discharged from the military (within the past 12 months) for a disability the military determined was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty. When approved by the VA and at the Department of Defense request, active duty personnel may be transferred to/from a military hospital to a VA health care facility.
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Not applicable.
Account Identification: 36-0160-0-1-703.
In fiscal year 2001, visits totaled 35,777,000 which included 1,555,000 for contract visits. In fiscal year 2002, total outpatient visits are estimated at 38,252,000, including 1,585,000 for contract visits. It is estimated that 560,682 patients will receive inpatient hospital treatment in fiscal year 2002. In fiscal year 2003, total outpatient visits are estimated at 40,227,000 including 1,742,000 for contract visits. It is estimated that 495,756 inpatients will be treated in fiscal year 2003 in VA, State and contract inpatient facilities.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
38 CFR 17.42, 17.43, 17.43(b), 17.46; "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet 80-99-1, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20420. Fax orders to (202) 512-2250. Telephone orders (202) 512-1800 or mail requests to: Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954.
Regional or Local Office: Contact the nearest VA Medical Center. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the list of addresses of VA facilities under Veterans Health Administration.)
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: