Apr 09, 2015 - 05:12 PM
In our practical experience, yes, they will be denied.
Some VA staffers have assured us that the VA will pay for Emergency Room/hospital care. Other staff has also said, Yes but ONLY if the visit has been pre-approved and pre-authorized. (So if you are bleeding to death or otherwise dying, you're screwed.)
I am my Veteran mother's caretaker. The half dozen times she has entered the local hospital after being told it would be covered, the billing was mucked up beyond belief. An unbelievable mess of red tape. Enough to stress her into another heart attack.
Her other health insurance is very weak. We have found it is simpler to just buck up and drive 1 1/2 hours to the Seattle VA hospital emergency room. This is in Washington state.
Lisa (and Mom)
Source: personal experience