Become a Patient - Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center


Become a Patient

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 1, Room 121. 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 or visit eVetRecs.

Eligibility and enrollment professionals are available during administrative hours to answer your questions.  Please contact them at 610-383-0265 or 610-383-0266.

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, 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.

Basic Eligibility

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.

Minimum Duty Requirements

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, were 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.

Veterans Health Benefits Handbook

VA produces a personalized “Veterans Health Benefits Handbook” for each Veteran enrolled in the VA health care system. The handbook provides 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:

  • Eligibility and health care benefits,
  • Contact information for your preferred facility,
  • Information regarding copayment responsibilities,
  • Instructions on how to schedule appointments,
  • Guidelines to communicate treatment needs,
  • Patient rights,
  • Ways to obtain copies of medical records and
  • Other important information.

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. For more information, go to You may also call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) if you need to update your address or receive more information.

Health Care Benefits Overview

VA publishes the "Health Care Benefits Overview" booklet, which provides general information and frequently asked questions about VA’s medical benefits package available for all enrollees, and other information such as eligibility for enrollment.

The publication is available and can be downloaded at

We encourage you to refer to it whenever you have questions about your eligibility for specific health care benefits. More information is available at the following resources:


Building 1, Room 121


800-290-6172 Ext. 4265/4266

Health Benefits Guide
VA Health Care: Apply Now
Affordable Care Act