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December 26, 2013

VA offers medical care open house


Derry News

---- — MANCHESTER — The Manchester VA Medical Center will host an open house for new enrollment for health care on Friday, Jan, 24, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 718 Smyth Road 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 you 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.

This effectively means that 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 co-payment for conditions not related to Agent Orange exposure, environmental contaminants exposure or a service related injury.

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 for five years from the date of discharge or release. Veterans who qualify under this special eligibility are not subject to co-pays 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 co-pays for care or services VA determines are clearly unrelated to their military service.

Any veteran enrolled in any of VA’s programs have coverage under the standards of the health care law. Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria outlined above, the Affordable Healthcare Act is another reason to enroll for VA medical care.

Veterans will receive assistance with enrollment for VA Health Care. Free blood pressure screenings will be offered and general health and wellness information will be available.

Assistance will be provided to register for My HealtheVet, a web-based program to help manage the care received at the VA. Bring a DD214 and a government ID. Call Judy at 624-4366, Ext. 2291., with questions.