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Its Your Money => U.S. Military Veteran Benefits => Topic started by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on December 10, 2014, 09:06:15 AM

Title: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on December 10, 2014, 09:06:15 AM
I haven't read all of the specifics, so I don't know if this info will help any VA Vet living in the Philippines.
http://goo.gl/yJ1p12 (http://goo.gl/yJ1p12)

The Choice Card will be distributed in late 2014 and early 2015 to all Veterans enrolled for care at VA. The Choice Card provides "back-up" care if a Veteran cannot be seen by VA in 30 days or if VA's closest medical facility is challenging to access. In situations like this, Veterans are eligible to receive care outside VA.

Veterans will receive a letter in the mail along with the Choice Card and information about eligibility. The cards will be mailed first to those who VA believes are in immediate need and meet the eligibility requirements.
Veterans Choice Card

Notice: You may have recently received your Choice Card. If you have not received it yet, there is no need to do anything. Due to the substantial number of cards being mailed, they are being sent over a period of approximately 90 days. If you have recently moved or otherwise changed your primary residence, please fill out the VA Form 10-10EZR to update your information, contact your Enrollment Coordinator at your nearest VA medical facility, and/or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

The Choice Card will augment other treatment options already available at VA and is designed to improve wait times and access. It does not impact existing VA health care or any other VA benefit it just offers other options for care when VA can't meet Veteran needs.

> The Choice Card cannot be used unless eligibility circumstances apply regarding VA wait times or facility accessibility. Please refer to the eligibility requirements to see if you qualify for Choice Card benefits.

> Veterans should first assess their eligibility given the criteria.

> If you believe the eligibility circumstances apply to you and you are currently in need of medical services, please call 866-606-8198 to verify your eligibility and get assistance accessing care.

> If you do not seek or receive approval by calling this number, you may be responsible for some or all of the costs of the non-VA treatment you receive.

> The authorization process is simple and just takes one quick phone call, but Veterans should only call if they believe they are currently eligible for benefits.

> To avoid long wait times, Veterans should only call the provided number if they believe they are currently eligible for Choice Card benefits.

> If Veterans are not eligible to use the Choice Card right now, they should keep their card in a safe and convenient location in the event their circumstance changes.
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: UNGGOY on February 18, 2018, 08:38:36 AM
Considering this is a Philippines themed forum, the Choice Card would be useless to most of us.
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: BudM on February 18, 2018, 08:46:21 AM
Considering this is a Philippines themed forum, the Choice Card would be useless to most of us.

You got a problem with it?  Report it to the moderator.  I want to hear about it even though currently, it is useless to me.
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: bigrod on February 18, 2018, 09:01:08 AM
Considering this is a Philippines themed forum, the Choice Card would be useless to most of us.

If you look this is in the part of the forum titled "US Military Veterans Benefits".  If it does not interest/apply to you, you can ignore it.  It does apply to forum members in the Philippines that utilize VA benefits.  You also wanted to know what VA Travel Benefits are on another post just ignore it since it seems it would not apply to you.  If you haven't noticed by know the forum has many subject/topic areas since it is a mixed group.  Not all subjects/topics will apply or interest all members.  You have the ability to mark topic/post as read so they will not appear in your notifications again.

Chuck
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: Lee2 on February 18, 2018, 09:05:25 AM
There are a lot of members of forums who go back and forth like my wife and I do, there are also a lot of people planning to move to the Philippines and others planning to move back to the states and other countries, therefore all information like the above is good to be posted if it might help members and readers, the above wont help me because I am not former military but I sure as heck will not complain about it being posted and neither should any member.

If a member sees a post that they think is inappropriate then please hit the report icon and let us moderators decide.

BTW, thank you for your posts Unggoy, Art and everyone else.
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: UNGGOY on February 18, 2018, 09:22:53 AM
If you look this is in the part of the forum titled "US Military Veterans Benefits".  If it does not interest/apply to you, you can ignore it.  It does apply to forum members in the Philippines that utilize VA benefits.  You also wanted to know what VA Travel Benefits are on another post just ignore it since it seems it would not apply to you.  If you haven't noticed by know the forum has many subject/topic areas since it is a mixed group.  Not all subjects/topics will apply or interest all members.  You have the ability to mark topic/post as read so they will not appear in your notifications again.

Chuck
Why discuss it here if it does not apply?
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: UNGGOY on February 18, 2018, 09:23:30 AM
You got a problem with it?  Report it to the moderator.  I want to hear about it even though currently, it is useless to me.
I'll just report you instead.
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: BudM on February 18, 2018, 09:25:34 AM
I'll just report you instead.

You do that cowboy.  It would not be the first time they had a problem with me.
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: UNGGOY on February 18, 2018, 09:26:14 AM
There are a lot of members of forums who go back and forth like my wife and I do, there are also a lot of people planning to move to the Philippines and others planning to move back to the states and other countries, therefore all information like the above is good to be posted if it might help members and readers, the above wont help me because I am not former military but I sure as heck will not complain about it being posted and neither should any member.

If a member sees a post that they think is inappropriate then please hit the report icon and let us moderators decide.

BTW, thank you for your posts Unggoy, Art and everyone else.

You can travel to the other side of the world, but can't make it to the nearest VA hospital?

Thank you. Sorry, I just thought it was an odd thing to post here. Like listing food banks in the US. Do not see how it would have anything to do with the Philippines.

I don't know, did I say something to in my post that offended someone?
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: bigrod on February 18, 2018, 09:32:06 AM
Why discuss it here if it does not apply?

It is discussed here because it does apply to members of the forum that do receive VA benefits.  It does not apply specifically to me even though I am retired military but it helps me stay abreast of the changes in the VA system if I ever decided to use it.

Chuck
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: UNGGOY on February 18, 2018, 09:32:35 AM
You do that cowboy.  It would not be the first time they had a problem with me.

Ha ha. I did not think there was anything reportable with the OP, but as far as I know, the Choice Card is only for veterans living in extremely remote, rural parts of the USA, that have extraordinary health issues and cannot make it to the VA hospital due to inability to travel.

Is that not the case? Or has it changed? Or does it just not matter?

See, I was thinking the implication in the OP was that it is something we can use in the Philippines. Which, as far as I know, is not. Just like Medicare.
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on February 18, 2018, 09:37:13 AM
Alright folks. Let's play nice. TY.
Title: Re: What Is The Veterans Choice Card?
Post by: bigrod on February 18, 2018, 09:49:02 AM
Ha ha. I did not think there was anything reportable with the OP, but as far as I know, the Choice Card is only for veterans living in extremely remote, rural parts of the USA, that have extraordinary health issues and cannot make it to the VA hospital due to inability to travel.

Is that not the case? Or has it changed? Or does it just not matter?

See, I was thinking the implication in the OP was that it is something we can use in the Philippines. Which, as far as I know, is not. Just like Medicare.

No VA Choice Program is not just for people that live in extremely remote, rural parts of the USA, that have extraordinary health issues and cannot make it to the VA hospital due to inability to travel. 

https://www.va.gov/HEALTH/NewsFeatures/2015/July/10-Things-to-Know-About-Choice-Program.asp (https://www.va.gov/HEALTH/NewsFeatures/2015/July/10-Things-to-Know-About-Choice-Program.asp)

Concerning Medicare it can not be used in the Philippines.  It can be used in Guam if a person wanted to go there for treatment,  Then there are people in my category that need to keep Medicare to be entitled to TriCare(Military health plan).  We also have members that do not live here at all or only spend part of the year here.

Chuck