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updated info on the VA hoo hah from a 20 years-in friend of mine  KO
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Here is the truth as I know it.

Love Jeff

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From:	Lauri W [SMTP:LauriW(--nospam--at)troa.org]
Sent:	Tuesday, March 10, 1998 2:10 PM
To:	TROAmember@listserv
Subject:	TROA Information Update, 3/10/98

TROA Information Update, Tuesday, March 10, 1998.

We are sending this update out due to the number of voice and Email inquiries about enrollment in the VA health care system.  Some organizations have erroneously reported that if a veteran has not enrolled before September 30, 1998 he/she will be denied access to the VA health care system for life.  

THIS INFORMATION IS INCORRECT.

Enrollment in the VA health care system will be conducted on a "rolling" or continuous basis before and after September 30, 1998.  There is no "drop dead" date to apply for enrollment.  Veterans, including military retirees, who intend to use VA health care and have not already enrolled or obtained care from the VA since 1996 are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible. Acceptance of an enrollment application establishes an anniversary date for routine access to VA health care.  Service connected disabled veterans are automatically re-enrolled each anniversary date.  Lower priority, non-service connected veterans MAY be accepted for enrollment as resources permit.

The March 1998 issue of The Retired Officer magazine contains a comprehensive article on VA health care enrollment.  See, "Navigating a Changing VA Health Care System" beginning on page 50. 

The Dept. of Veterans Affairs media advisory on this issue follows:

"Veterans who do not enroll in the VA healthcare system by October 1, 1998, will NOT be denied VA health care later if they are in a priority group that VA is enrolling. VA automatically processes an application for any veteran who has used the system since October, 1996. This information is available on the VA Home Page ( http://www.va.gov/health/elig /) and from any VA medical facility.

"VA eligibility reform legislation was enacted by Congress and signed by the President in October, 1996. The legislation required VA to manage veterans' access to VA care by using a system of enrollment priorities. There are seven priority groups, and VA will enroll veterans from as many of the groups as possible. Veterans who are in those groups can be enrolled at the time they come to a VA medical facility for care."