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Old 06-07-2017, 08:42 PM   #1
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Where do you get VA health care?

Just started solo full timing. I'm changing my 'residence' to South Dakota. My question for you Vets....where do you get health care when you don't really have a 'home'' VA. I could go to SD, but won't be spending much time there. I don't really have a travel plan.....just to do a little wandering where it is warm, maybe some camp hosting, a lot of relaxing...and want to learn to play the banjo. What do you all do for your health care. (Fortunately, I'm relatively healthy, but I'm not getting any younger either.)

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Old 06-07-2017, 09:55 PM   #2
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First stop should be to your VA rep. There are different plans for health care. (standard or Prime?). Tri-Care states if its an emergency then any ER will do. Also I understand there are now three regional Tri-care plans available. Some plans will not allow you to cross into another region. We take careful planning prior to going south for the winter (both dental and medical).
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Old 06-07-2017, 10:48 PM   #3
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I have South Dakota as a residence and I have used Prescott, AZ as my VA for the last 3 years. Currently I transferred to the Reno, NV facility. No problems.
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Old 06-08-2017, 10:19 AM   #4
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Go to your VA Rep and tell them you will be traveling and ask abiut using diffeeent facilities. I haven't had any problems with the VA as far as getting treatment. As for Tricare Silver we haven't had any issues there either while traveling.
Do talk to your Rep at the VA though.
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Old 06-08-2017, 10:29 AM   #5
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I don't have a VA rep. Who would I talk to?
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:09 AM   #6
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Try at the front desk customer service. I just had it added to my medical records and notes one time.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:33 PM   #7
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First, try an American Legion rep for info. Second....I too travel. If you have someplace you will be once a year, check out the VA there for a primary care doctor. You need one for prescriptions and the annual check-up you need to have so you can keep your VA eligibility. But if you need emergency med refills, emergency room care, or any other help just go to any VA facility and ask at the desk how to get your records temporarilly transfered over to them. I use the Boise VA for primary doctor. But I have used Phoenix, Gilbert Az, San Antonio, and Tucson at times.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:45 PM   #8
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VA benefits - sites for generally helpful info

Though not concerning current coverage, check these sites concerning special VA benefits, some of which I have found many vets are not aware exist or how to apply:
http://www.dav.org/caregiver/veteran...ervice-program

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/expos...ions/index.asp
(children of vets with AO exposure disabilities)

www.cem.va.gov/pre-need
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:53 PM   #9
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So VA healthcare and TRICARE are two completely different beasts.

TRICARE for retirees is age dependent.

Retirement to age 65: choices are STANDARD (pays like Medicare - 80% and you can see anyone who takes Medicare) and PRIME (treatment at a MTF or doctors who take Prime - like an HMO).

AFTER age 65: Medicare Part A and B Primary - TRICARE for Life Secondary. (You can see anyone who takes Medicare)

VA Healthcare requires a service connected disability (care is free) and fees are based on your income for non-service connected medical care. Eligibility is not age related.

The OP was asking about the VA; not TRICARE.
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I travel also and needed dental work while at Gulfport. All I did was going to the eligibility office and use my campground address as a temporary address. This allows electronic access to your medical records.
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