Health Care When Traveling Outside the Country

VA HEALTH CARE OUTSIDE OF THE USA

· THE VA DOES NOT COVER ANYTHING OUT OF COUNTRY.

· US MEDICARE POLICIES STATE THEY DO NOT PAY ANYTHING OUT OF COUNTRY.

· SOME SUPPLIMENTAL HEALTH CARE POLICIES WILL COVER, BUT THEY ARE VERY LIMITED ON WHAT THEY WILL COVER OUT OF THE US.

IF VETERANS ARE SERVICE CONNECTED AND TRAVELING OUT OF COUNTRY THE VA FOREIGN MEDICAL PROGRAM MAY BE AN OPTION:

How to Apply for FMP:    Enrolling in FMP is simple. Send your full name, mailing address, address of residence (including country), U.S. Social Security number and VA claim number to:

VHA Office of Community Care 

Foreign Medical Program (FMP)

P.O. Box 469061, Denver, CO 80246-9061

They will confirm your service-connected disabilities and send you a benefits authorization letter, which outlines the medical conditions we cover.

The Foreign Medical Program (FMP) is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care benefits program for U.S. Veterans who are residing or traveling abroad and have VA-rated, service-connected disabilities. The eligibility requirements for medical services are different for Veterans outside the United States than for Veterans living within the United States. The Foreign Medical Program assumes payment responsibility for U.S. Veterans only for a VA-rated service-connected disability, or any disability associated with and held to be aggravating a VA-rated, service-connected disability (38 CFR 17.35). (Veterans living in Canada are under the jurisdiction of FMP; however, inquiries and claims must be directed to the Foreign Countries Operations in Canada. See contact information below.) Additionally, VA may authorize necessary foreign medical services for any condition for a Veteran participating in the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program (38 U.S.C. 31).

IF YOU ARE NOT SERVICE CONNECTED AND THE CARE IS NOT RELATED TO YOUR SERVICE CONNECTION YOU WILL NOT BE COVERED BY THE FOREIGN MEDICAL PROGRAM.

OTHER OPTIONS:

· TALK TO YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE AGENT/ PERSON. THEY CAN HELP YOU TO MANEUVER OPTIONS, AND WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU. THESE INDIVIDUALS CAN HELP YOU  WITH TRAVELER’S INSURANCE COVERAGES - WHILE OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

· TALK TO YOUR COMMUNITY SHIP SPECIALIST LOCATED AT MOST HOSPITALS.     https://seniorsresourceguide.com/directories/National/SHIP/

What is SHIP?
SHIP is a free health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. SHIPs mission is to educate, advocate, counsel and empower people to make informed healthcare benefit decisions. SHIP is an independent program funded by Federal agencies and is not affiliated with the insurance industry.

SHIP Counseling is FREE of charge
State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) provide free help to Medicare beneficiaries who have questions or issues with their health insurance. You can call a counselor or attend a workshop/presentation in your area

SHIP SPECIALIST ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FLOYD COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER

THEY CAN HELP DISCUSS YOUR HEALTHCARE PLANS, POLICIES, AND HEALTHCARE NEEDS.

Floyd County Medical Center

800 11th St, Charles City, IA 50616

Call: (641) 228-6830 to make an appointment.