Can Veterans Have Both Medicare Part D and VA Health Coverage?





Can Veterans Have Both Medicare Part D and VA Health Coverage?

Medicare Part D and VA Health Coverage benefits offer two distinct and separate prescription drug plans. Medicare Part D is a specific prescription drug program while VA Health Coverage is an entire healthcare package that includes prescription drugs. Veterans may be enrolled in both Medicare Part D and VA Health Coverage.

Medicare Part D

Medicare Part D is a voluntary program that is available to anyone who is enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B. Medicare Part A essentially covers hospitals and other healthcare facilities while Part B covers services and supplies (Part B does have a premium). Medicare Part D covers prescription drug needs.

Medicare Part D Plans

There are numerous Medicare Part D plans available depending on the recipient’s specific needs, income, and region. Plans differ greatly with various premiums, copays, annual deductibles and allowable prescription drugs.

VA Health Coverage

The VA Health Coverage prescription benefits are completely separate from Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. While not as far ranging as Medicare Part D plans, veteran’s benefits may also vary depending on the priority group of the veteran.

Priority Groups

Priority groups range from one to seven with one being the highest priority. The ranking of priority groups is related to service-related disabilities, illnesses, and other criteria. The government can and has changed healthcare-related benefits provided to veterans. This could be a compelling argument for maintaining enrollment in both Medicare Part D and VA health coverage if possible.

Enrollment in Both Medicare Part D and VA Health Coverage

Veterans can be enrolled in both Medicare Part D and VA Health Coverage. While the same prescription cannot be used by both programs, there may be various reasons to use one or the other for different medications. Additionally, government-instituted changes in either program could greatly impact the recipient’s availability to affordable prescription drug coverage. It may be prudent to maintain enrollment in both coverage plans.



One Response to “Can Veterans Have Both Medicare Part D and VA Health Coverage?”

  1. Robert says:

    I am a veteran who has been getting my prescriptions from the VA. Now I want to enroll in a Part D Plan and need to know how I can go about it and when I can actually “sign up” for it. The Plan D I’m looking to enroll in is under the aegis of the AARP (United Health).