The Veterans Administration (VA) recommends that veterans with VA benefits enroll in Medicare as soon as they are eligible. It will provide you with more health care options to get the care you need to be your best.
VA eligibility and benefits are determined on a case-by-case basis. You need to apply for VA benefits to get information on your coverage. The VA will explain your eligibility and benefits once you submit your paperwork and go through their application process.
Once you know what your VA benefits are, you can make an informed decision about your Medicare options.
Once you qualify for Medicare, you are eligible to have both VA benefits and Medicare.
VA benefits cover services provided at VA facilities.
Medicare covers services provided outside of VA facilities.
Medicare is not required for you to be eligible for VA benefits. However, if you do not enroll in Medicare during your Initial Enrollment Period, you may be charged a Medicare late enrollment penalty that will last as long as you are enrolled.
Medicare Advantage plans bundle Medicare Part A and Part B into one plan. They also usually include Part D prescription drug coverage and other health care services like dental, vision and hearing. Plus, they may offer additional benefits, like transportation assistance and gym memberships.
You will be able to see VA and civilian doctors if you have both VA benefits and Medicare. It is important to let your providers know if you have coverage from VA and Medicare. It will help them work together to make sure you get the best care. They will be able to make sure:
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