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What are the differences between veteran's benefits and Medicare?

Status: Open    May 28, 2014 - 01:05 PM

Medicare/Medicaid, VA Benefits

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Jul 09, 2015 - 07:34 AM

Medicare divides coverage into Medicare Part A (Inpatient or hospital coverage), Medicare Part B (doctors and outpatient services) and Part D (prescription drug plans). VA benefits provide the different types of coverage in one comprehensive package.

People who qualify for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits may also qualify for Medicare benefits.

It is recommended that one keep both coverage options, especially since the VA often makes decisions based on priority and while Medicare is based on medically necessary. Even though the two may overlap from time-to-time, having both coverage options available may make it possible to get coverage quicker. As a veteran, keeping both coverage options available helps assure that one will better get the coverage one needs.

Aug 18, 2015 - 02:49 PM

Medicare is one’s health insurance at age 65 or if one is deemed disabled under the Social Security Administration. Non-service connected Pension is not health insurance but a guarantee given to our service men and women that their income will never drop below a minimum level. For example, the basic pension for a single veteran is $ 1072/mth. If a veteran ’ s income falls below this level, the VA will make up the difference to bring them to this level of monthly income. It has no ties whatsoever to the Medicare program. DVA does provide a range of medical services that are available to some veterans without cost.


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