Veterans Care In The Community

By Laura Hamilton laura@kkcqradio.com (11/06/2019) 

Information from https://www.va.gov/communitycare/programs/veterans/index.asp



The Veterans Administration (VA) provides  health care for Veterans from providers in their  local community outside of VA. Veterans may be eligible to receive care from a community provider when VA cannot provide the care needed. This care is provided on behalf of and paid for by VA.

Community care is available to Veterans based on certain conditions and eligibility requirements, and in consideration of a Veteran’s specific needs and circumstances. Community care must be first authorized by the VA before a Veteran can receive care from a community provider. Polk/Red Lake County Veterans Service Officer Kurt Ellefson has seen problems with Veterans not following through with the required authorization paperwork. 




Ellefson shares an example of what happened when a local Veteran didn't have prior authorization for community care.




As with care provided directly by the VA, Veterans are charged a copayment for non-servicice-connected care. 

For more information  call Polk/Red Lake County Veterans Service Officer Kurt Ellefson  at 218-281-3066.