Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Returning Service Members
Coatesville VA Medical Center's Transition & Care Management (TCM) Team welcomes all Post 9/11 combat and noncombat Veterans and coordinates their care. This program also continues to serve combat Veterans who were deployed in support of Operations: Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) from November 11, 1998 to September 11, 2001.
The TCM program was formerly known as Operations: Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) Case Management Program.
All combat and noncombat Veterans who served post 9/11/2001 to present and combat Veterans who deployed in support of OEF/OIF/OND from 11/11/1998 to 9/11/2001.
Each VA medical center has a Transition & Care Management team in place to coordinate Veteran care activities and ensure that Service members and Veterans are receiving Veteran-centered, integrated care and benefits. All Veterans are screened for case management services to identify Veterans who may be at risk so the VA can intervene early and provide assistance.
5-Year Health Care Eligibility for Combat Veterans
- Combat Veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after January 28, 2003, are now eligible to enroll in the VA health care system for 5 years from the date of discharge or release. Note: The 5-year enrollment period applicable to these Veterans begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active duty military service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date.
- Combat Veterans who were discharged or released from active service after January 1, 2009, and before January 1, 2011, who did not enroll within the 5 years as stated above, are now eligible to enroll in the VA health care system for an additional period of one year beginning February 12, 2015.
- Veterans, including activated Reservists and members of the National Guard, are eligible if they served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998 and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
- Veterans who qualify under this special eligibility are not subject to copays for conditions potentially related to their combat service. However, unless otherwise exempted, combat Veterans must either disclose their prior year gross household income OR decline to provide their financial information and agree to make applicable copays for care of services VA determines are clearly unrelated to their military service.
One-time Cost Free Dental Evaluation and Treatment
VA offers free dental benefits for evaluation and treatment for recently discharged Veterans. Veterans may qualify for these benefits if they meet both of the following requirements:
- Veterans served more than 90 days of continued service, and
- Veterans' DD214 does not show that they received all needed dental service at least 90 days prior to their separation
Note: Veterans must apply for this dental care within 180 days (approximately six months) of separation from active duty service.
What is the Post Deployment Health Clinic?
The Post Deployment Health Clinic (PDHC) is now an integrated care clinic for combat Veterans who served from November 11, 1998 to present. The Veteran meets with their treatment team (primary care and care management provider) to conduct individual evaluations. Afterward, the treatment team meets together and then invites the Veteran to collaborate on the treatment plan. The PDHC is four hours; it is one-stop shopping; it exists to save time and improve care by consolidating all appointments into one.
How to get started with the program?
- Eligibility & Enrollment: Veterans must be enrolled for VA health care. To start this process, Veterans may contact eligibility and enrollment coordinators at 610-384-7711, ext. 4265/4266.
- For appointments, referral, consultation, or program information, call Audrey Hall at 610-384-7711, ext. 2831. Providers, submit a consult in CPRS under "Social Work" and complete a TCM consult for referral.
Special Eligibility and Coordination of Care for Combat Veterans Serving in Combat Theater After 11/11/1998- Returning Servicemembers (OEF/OIF/OND)
VA is ready to provide health care and other medical services to our nation's returning OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers. The Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center has a team ready to welcome OEF/OIF/OND Servicemembers and to help coordinate their care. For more information about the various programs available for recent returning service members, log on to the Returning Servicemembers web site.
Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations also have special eligibility for VA health care. Under the "Combat Veteran" authority VA provides cost-free health care services and nursing home care for conditions possibly related to military service and enrollment in Priority Group 6 or higher for 5 years from the date of discharge or release from active duty, unless eligible for enrollment in a higher priority group.
Combat Veterans who enroll with VA under this enhanced Combat Veteran authority will continue to be enrolled even after their enhanced eligibility period ends, although they may be shifted to Priority Group 7 or 8, depending on their income level, and required to make applicable copays. Additionally, for care not related to combat service, copays may be required depending on their financial assessment and other special eligibility factors.
NOTE: The 5-year enrollment period applicable to these Veterans begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active duty military service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date.