VA Benefits Participant Guide.pdf

Community living centers for short and long term

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Community Living Centers for short- and long-term nursing home care are available for Veterans whose needs no longer require acute hospitalization. The focus is on restoring or
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Participant Guide – Version 1.1 107 maintaining the highest degree of functional independence possible. Although some Veterans can receive indefinite Community Living Center services, others may qualify for a limited period. Among those who automatically qualify for indefinite community living care are Veterans whose service-connected conditions are clinically determined to require nursing home care and Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating of 70% or more and are unemployable. A copay may be charged for Community Living Center care based on your VA service-connected disability status and financial information. Contact your VA social worker or case manager to complete VA Form 10-10EC Application for Extended Care Benefits to determine the cost of your copay. This form can be found at . VA Care in the Community The Veteran Choice Program may allow VA to authorize a non-VA health care facility to provide necessary medical care services when such services are not feasibly available at a VA health care facility, or when it is determined that such services can be obtained outside the VA more economically or more appropriately due to geographic inaccessibility. VA community care must be authorized by VA in advance, unless the medical event is an emergency. Emergency events may be reimbursed on behalf of the Veteran in certain cases. To participate, you must be registered for the VA health care system (or qualify based on one of the exceptions in the law) and have a character of discharge or service under conditions other than dishonorable. However, individuals receiving undesirable, bad conduct, and other types of dishonorable discharges may qualify for VA benefits depending on a determination made by VA. To inquire about authorized hospital care and medical services in non-VA health care facilities, contact your nearest VA health care facility or call 1-877-222-8387. Family Support Fisher House Program The Fisher House Program is another example of how VA links you to your community’s resources. Fisher House has a network of comfortable homes where Service members’ and Veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families and caregivers of Veterans and Active Duty Military receiving treatment at major military and VA medical facilities. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths.
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  • Winter '19
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs

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