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VA Health Benefits


Updated February 06, 2004

Services Covered Under the Uniform Benefits Package
  • Drugs, Biologicals, and Medical Devices approved by the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA)
    As medically required and prescribed or approved by a VA physician.
  • Elective Sterilization (Tubal Ligation or Vasectomy)
    The Department of Veterans Affairs will provide elective sterilization, e.g. vasectomy or tubal ligation prcedure, to eligible veterans as part of contraceptive services.
  • Emergency Care
    Urgent and limited emergency care services in VA health facilities
  • Home Care
    VA operates the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program, formally called Hospital Based Home Care, which is governed by clinical admission standards. Fee basis Home Care remains restricted to skilled services; based on current VHA policy, the cost of care cannot exceed the cost of Community Nursing Home Care.
  • Hospice Care
  • Hospital and Outpatient Care
    For a veteran who is either a patient or inmate in an institution of another government agency, that agency has a duty to give the care or services.
  • Maternity Benefits
    Maternity benefits are included in the benefits package for women veterans who are enrolled in the VA Health Care System. Maternity benefits will begin with the confirmation of pregnancy, preferably in the first trimester and will continue through the post-partum visit, usually at 6 weeks after the delivery. The Department of Veterans Affairs has no authority to provide care to the newborn infant of the veteran.
  • Medical and Surgical Care
    If medically necessary, as determined by VA.
  • Mental Health Care
    If medically necessary, as determined by VA.
  • Palliative Care
  • Preventive Care and Services
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
    Covers the usual and customary orthotic and prosthetic services provided to inpatients and outpatients. Enrolled veterans no longer need to be hospitalized to receive prosthetic devices and equipment.
  • Rehabilitation Care and Services
  • Respite Care
  • Substance Abuse Services
    If medically necessary, as determined by VA
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