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Veterans Health care Administration (VHA)

The VHA was established to provide medical care to veterans who are determined by the Federal Government to be eligible for enrollment. This is not insurance and does not, under most circumstances, provide payment to private physicians or hospitals.

Veterans must first enroll in the facility of their choice. In Williams County most veterans enroll at the Ft. Wayne VA Medical Center (VAMC) or the Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).

In Indiana some specialty care will be provided at the Marion or Indianapolis VAMC’s and if enrolled in Toledo, specialty care may be provided at the Ann Arbor VAMC.

Veterans enrolled in one system can transfer to the other if changes occur or challenges exist.

Since 2003 veterans who submit enrollment paperwork are placed in one of eight priority groups based on either the nature of their service or income and assets. The staff at the Williams County Veterans Service Office will assist with enrollment and with annual means tests (income and assets) certain veterans are required to complete in order to continue to use the VA Health Care System. The means test is based on prior year’s income and net worth and is done annually. However, you can apply for an exemption from paying those co-payments to avoid a hardship if projections of your income for the current year will be substantially below the applicable income threshold.

Eligibility for VA Health Care

Each veteran who submits an enrollment form will be placed in one of eight priority groups. All veterans can enroll in the VA Health Care System. Some veterans will be placed in a subcategory of Priority Group 8 and will not be eligible for health care services. Eligibility for services is determined by the following conditions: