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Billing & Insurance

Copayments

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has established guidelines for veterans and their copayments. Copayments may be charged for the following services —

Co-payments are due upon receipt of the monthly statement.  Payment may be made in person to the Agent Cashier at either the Topeka or Leavenworth facilities or mailed to the either the address on the bill or directly to either the Leavenworth or Topeka facilities. Interest and administrative charges begin to accrue 30 days after the date of the bill.

If you are an enrolled veteran with health insurance, your care may be billed to your insurance provider. If we bill your insurance provider, your co-pay bill will not be issued until 90 days after the date of that billing.

If you have any questions about your co-payment balance, please contact the Health Revenue Center at the following toll free number:  1-866-393-4074

Other Health Insurance

The Department of Veterans Affairs now bills private health insurance companies for care received by their enrollees. You should bring your insurance card with you for your appointment and present it during the check-in process. What's in it for me?

Medicare/Medicaid

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not bill Medicare or Medicaid at this time. You may, however, wish to review information for veterans about the new Medicare prescription drug benefits.

Private Health Insurance

Private health insurance coverage through a Veteran or Veteran's spouse is insurance provided by employer, Veteran or other non-federal source.

VA health care is not considered a health insurance plan.

VA is required to bill private health insurance providers for medical care, supplies and prescriptions provided for treatment of Veterans' nonservice-connected conditions. Generally, VA cannot bill Medicare, but can bill Medicare supplemental health insurance for covered services.

All Veterans applying for VA medical care are required to provide information on their health insurance coverage, including coverage provided under policies of their spouses. Veterans are not responsible for paying any remaining balance of VA's insurance claim not paid or covered by their health insurance, and any payment received by VA may be used to offset "dollar for dollar" a Veteran's VA copay responsibility.

What's in it for me for providing health insurance information?

  • You will not be responsible for any unpaid balance that the insurance carrier does not pay except for VA copay.
  • Payments from your private health insurance carrier may allow us to offset part or all of your copay.
  • Many private health insurance companies will apply VA health care charges toward the satisfaction of your annual deductible.

Insurance Coverage and Eligibility for VA Health Care

Your insurance coverage or lack of insurance coverage does not determine your eligibility for treatment at a VA health care facility.

Risks of Giving Up Your Private Insurance

What should you do with your private health insurance if you are accepted into VA health care? You could save of money if you dropped the insurance, but there are some things you should consider.

  • What about your non-Veteran family members?
  • VA does not normally provide care for family members of Veterans enrolled in VA's health care program. If you drop your private health insurance, they may have no health care coverage.

  • What would happen if you are disenrolled from VA's health care program?
  • There is no guarantee that in subsequent years Congress will appropriate sufficient funds for VA to provide care for all enrollment Priority Groups. This could happen if you are enrolled in one of the lower Priority Groups. This would leave you with no health care coverage.

  • Do I still need Medicare Parts A and B if I receive my health care from VA?
  • VA does not require a Veteran to have Medicare Part A or B to be enrolled in VA health care. However, a Veteran may want to consider their total health care needs before changing any insurance coverage.

  • What would happen if you drop your Medicare Part B coverage?
  • If you cancel your Medicare Part B Coverage, you need to know that you cannot be reinstated until January of the following year, and you may be penalized for reinstatement.

For these reasons, VA encourages you to keep your private health insurance.