As it stands right now (Oct 2015), those wanting to enroll for VA healthcare benefits are supposed to provide a net worth report. This required report is used to determine if a vet is eligible for benefits, and at what priority level he or she will be set in if benefits are allowed. Now, the VA is proposing that this net worth report be abolished in the near future.
The VA proposal is asking that the net worth report, which is temporarily not being required, be permanently abolished as a part of its healthcare application process. The proposal also contains language that would (by law) stop the annual net worth report that is required from those who are already getting VA healthcare benefits.
The net worth report has been used to determine if a vet is eligible for benefits and is also used to help determine which priority level the person is put into. Currently, there are eight priority groups based on the severity of the disability and the ability to pay for treatment. Group 1 is the highest in terms of benefit levels, and those with Group 1 determination are given benefits first. Group determination also sets up the co-pay requirements (if there are any).
The factors that the VA uses to put a person into a group include: the severity of the disability, the type of disability, service-connection of the disability, length of combat service, yearly income, and net worth.
Through its own “discretion,” the VA stopped requiring annual reports from those who were already enrolled in VA healthcare programs, but this change was not put into law. The new proposal would do that starting in December of this year if all goes well.
The VA has estimated that removing the requirement will allow about 53,000 veterans to move to a higher priority group this year. During the next five years, the VA estimates some 130,000 veterans who are currently ineligible for healthcare benefits will be able to get them due to this change.
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