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VA Health Care Eligibility & Enrollment


Changes to the Priority Group 8 Enrollment Restriction

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In 2003, VA made the difficult decision to stop enrolling new Priority Group (high income) Veterans in order to assure all Veterans are provided timely and quality medical care. New regulations take effect on Ju= ne 15, 2009 that will allow VA to reopen enrollment healthcare to Veterans who= se household income does not exceed the current VA income thresholds (means te= st threshold and/or geographical means test threshold) by more than 10%. More = than 266,000 Veterans may now be eligible for enrollment.


Denied Enrollment On or After January 1, 2009

If you have applied for enrollment on or after January 1, 2009= and you were denied enrollment because your income exceeded the VA income threshold, VA will determine if you are eligible under this new rule, once = the new regulations take effect. You will not need to submit another applicatio= n for enrollment. If you are eligible under this new rule, we will notify you by mail. You will receive a letter from the VA Health Eligibility Center notif= ying you of your eligibility for enrollment and welcoming you to the VA health c= are system. Included with the letter will be instructions for getting care and = how to obtain a Veterans Identification Card.


Denied Enrollment Before January 1, 2009

If you applied for enrollment before January 1, 2009, and were denied enrollment because your income was too high, VA encourages you to ta= ke advantage of this enr= ollment calculator to assist you in determining if you are now eligible for enrollment under this new regulation. Whatever your enrollment determinatio= n, VA encourages all Veterans to apply for enrollment as this will help us in = our future planning and budget efforts as well as allow us to be in a better po= sition to identify necessary funding levels to Congress.


Determine if You May Be Eligible

To determine if you may be eligible under this new regulation,= we have developed this enr= ollment calculator which will help you in determining if your income falls with= in the new 10% income threshold guidelines. Once you have entered all required information below, this calculator will determine if you may be eligible for enrollment under the new rule.


The proposed changes (defined in Public Law 110-329) provide VA additional funding to allow expanded enrollment opportunity for certain Priority 8 veterans who may have been previously denied enrollment in VA’s health care system because their income exceeded VA’s means tests thresholds.


On the effective date of the regulation, a veteran who applies= for enrollment, who does not qualify for a higher priority group and whose inco= me exceeds VA’s means test thresholds by 10% or less will be placed in a= priority group that allows the veteran to be enrolled in VA’s health care syst= em.


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3D"*"       Enr= ollment Calculator

3D"*"       VA to Offer Health Care to Previously Ineligible Veterans Press Release

3D"*"       Re= laxation of Priority Group 8 Enrollment Restrictions Fact Sheet

3D"*"       Relaxation of Priority Group 8 Enrollment Restrictions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

3D"*"       10% Increase to Financial Income Thresholds for Enrollment in Priority Group 8<= /a>

3D"*"       10% Increase to VA Geographic Means Test Income Thresholds for Enrollment in Pr= iority Group 8

Federal Benefits for Veterans= and Dependents
VA National Means Test Income Threshold | GMT Income Threshold