The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced last week that the Veterans Health Administration has eliminated the use of net worth during both the determination of eligibility and assignment of VHA priority group. The VHA will now only consider gross household income and deductible medical expenses for veteran otherwise not assigned a higher VHA priority group due to service-connected disabilities. The VA’s press release can be located at March 17, 2015 VA Press Release. * My addendum for anyone listening is VA please modify VA Form 10-10EZ to reflect change *
For those unaware, the VHA operates the nation’s largest integrated direct health care delivery system, provides care to approximately eight million veteran patients, and employs more than 270,000 full-time employees. The VHA operates over 1,500 care facilities to include 165 VA medical centers and 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries.
More information concerning VHA eligibility and assignment of priority group can be found at http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/priority_groups.asp