VA health care is proactive, personalized and patient-driven. Veterans can qualify in many different ways. All Veterans should initiate the enrollment process to determine if they are eligible.
To begin, gather your current insurance information (including Medicare or Medicaid), and your DD214 Armed Forces Report of Transfer or Discharge. You may also be required to provide your most recent IRS tax return information.
Next, complete an Application for Health Care Benefits. You can submit the form online or bring it, copies of your insurance card and DD214 to Building 2, B10 B/C. You may also mail the package to:
Coatesville VA Medical Center
Business Office - Eligibility
1400 Blackhorse Hill Road,
Coatesville, PA 19320-2096
If you need to obtain a copy of your DD214 or service record, please contact the National Archives - eVetRecs.
Eligibility and enrollment professionals are available during administrative hours to answer your questions. Please contact them at 610-384-7711 extension 5008 or 5034.
Combat Veterans Eligibility Extended
On January 28, 2008, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) became law. This new law extends health care eligibility for combat veterans. For more information please click here.
Priority Group 8 Enrollment Relaxation Changes
Certain Priority Group 8 (PG 8) Veterans may qualify for VA health care if their household income does not exceed the current thresholds (means test threshold and/or geographic means test threshold) by more than 10%. For more information, visit PG 8 Enrollment Relaxation. Use the Enrollment Calculator to see if you may qualify.
If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty (other than for training only) by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health care as well.
Most Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty after October 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible. This minimum duty requirement may not apply to Veterans who were discharged for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, discharged for a hardship, or received an "early out." Since there are a number of other exceptions to the minimum duty requirements, VA encourages all Veterans to apply in order to determine their enrollment eligibility.
VA is producing a personalized "Veterans Health Benefits Handbook" for each Veteran enrolled in the VA health care system. The purpose of the handbook is to provide a current and accurate description of VA health care benefits and services. Your handbook will be tailored specifically to you with personal identifying information and should be safeguarded as you would any other sensitive personal document.
The "Veterans Health Benefits Handbook" includes:
You will receive your personalized handbook via U.S. mail; therefore, you should have a current address on file with VA. Handbooks are mailed based on Priority Group, beginning with Priority Group 1 and ending with Priority Group 8. To see when you might receive your handbook, go to the distribution schedule. You may also call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) if you need to update your address or receive additional information.
VA also publishes the "Veterans Health Benefits Guide" designed to provide general information about the VA Medical Benefits Package, and the "Health Care Benefits Overview" designed to provide the information Veterans need to understand VA's health care system, with answers to frequently asked questions about eligibility and benefits.
Both publications are available to you at the Coatesville VA Medical Center, and can be downloaded at http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/epublications.asp.
These publications are very helpful, and we encourage you to refer to them whenever you have questions about your eligibility for specific health care benefits. Additional assistance is available at the following resources: