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Here's additional info on this topic: 

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There's clearer information on the VA's web site: 
http://www.va.gov/health/elig/enroll/


Here's what the VA's web page says:

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VA healthcare enrollment? It's a new system providing access for 
veterans to a comprehensive package of  VA healthcare services. And, 
it's easy to use!

Just answer a few questions and you will  be assigned by VA to one of 
the newly established priority groups. VA will then send a letter 
confirming your enrollment and assignment. That's it!

VA will extend enrollment to every group for which resources are
available. The enrollment process will begin October 1997 and will be
repeated every year. 

You must be enrolled to receive healthcare after October 1998 unless 
you are in one of the following categories:

You are rated by VA as having a service-connected disability of 50  
percent or more

It has been less than one year since you were discharged from 
military service for a compensable disability that the military 
determined was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, and which 
has not yet been rated by VA.

You are seeking care from VA only for a service-connected disability.

VA encourages veterans in the above  categories to also apply for 
enrollment so we can better plan for your healthcare needs.

Starting in October 1997, all veterans may  apply by contacting the 
nearest VA healthcare facility. If you have received VA healthcare 
services after October 1, 1996, you do not need to apply. In this     
case, VA will process an application on your behalf. When enrollment 
is confirmed, VA will notify you in writing. You can  apply for 
enrollment anytime during the  year.

You will remain enrolled for one year.  Your enrollment will be 
reviewed and renewed each year depending upon your priority group and 
available resources. If VA cannot renew your enrollment for   another 
year you will be notified in writing 60 days before your enrollment  
expires.

 Healthcare Fact Sheet #1  September  1997

                         Priority Groups

Priority Group 1

      Veterans with service-connected* conditions rated 50 
percent or more disabling 

Priority Group 2

      Veterans with service-connected conditions rated 30 or 40 
percent disabling 

Priority Group 3

      Veterans who are former POWs 
      Veterans with service-connected conditions rated 10 or 20 
percent disabling 
      Veterans discharged from active duty for compensable 
conditions
       Veterans awarded special eligibility classification (38 USC, 
Section 1151) 

Priority Group 4

      Veterans who are receiving aid and attendance or housebound 
benefits
       Veterans who have been determined by VA to be catastrophically 
disabled 

Priority Group 5

         Nonservice-connected veterans and  service-connected 
veterans rated zero percent  disabled, whose income and net 
worth are below the established dollar thresholds 

Priority Group 6 

          All other eligible veterans who are not  required to make  
copayments for their care including:
           - World War I and Mexican Border War veterans
           - Veterans receiving care for exposure to toxic substances 
or environmental hazards while in service
            - Compensable zero percent service-connected veterans

Priority Group 7

              Nonservice-connected veterans and noncompensable 
zero percent service-connected veterans with income and net 
worth above the statutory threshold andwho agree to pay specified    
copayments 

 *The term service-connected refers to a VA decision that your illness
 or injury was incurred in or aggravated by military service.

For more information contact your nearest VA healthcare facility

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words for cocktail umbrella."

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squidmon(--nospam--at)erols.com
Bob_the_Squid(--nospam--at)compuserve.com
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Bob_the_Squid/


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