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Coordination of Medicare And Other Health Benefits

Medicare And Veterans Benefits

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If you have Medicare but are also eligible to receive medical care under Veterans Benefits, you may choose to get treatment under either program. However, Medicare will not pay for care provided by the Veterans Administration (VA). The VA will not pay for any care that Medicare covers.

You may, if you choose:

  • Receive some of your care through the VA by utilizing their facilities and referrals and
  • Use Medicare with private physicians and medical facilities.

The only time Medicare and Veterans Benefits work together is if you are authorized by the VA for hospital services that are not at a VA hospital and the VA doesn't pay for all of the services. Medicare can pay for Medicare-covered services that the VA does not pay.

NOTE: Medicare does not pay any VA co-payments for services furnished by VA hospitals or facilities except emergency inpatient or outpatient hospital services at a VA hospital.

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