What Are VA Prescription Benefits?


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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers eligible veterans prescription benefits as part of its role in providing comprehensive medical care to veterans, explains Benefits.gov. Veterans with service-related conditions may receive their medications at no charge, while others may have copays for 30-day supplies of prescriptions. To receive benefits, the veteran must either enroll or qualify to enroll in the VA health care system and cannot receive dishonorable discharge from service.

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As of 2015, veterans who have a service-related disabilities, former prisoners of war and other veterans negatively affected by military service do not have to pay for medications under the VA prescription plan, according to the agency's website. Other veterans have to pay up to $9 for 30-day supplies of prescriptions. Depending on income, some veterans may have $960 caps on their out-of-pocket expenses for prescriptions in a calendar year.

Veterans can fill prescriptions under the VA's prescription plan online or by telephone or mail-order, notes the VA. The plan fills prescriptions written by non-VA providers only if the veteran has a VA primary health provider, if the veteran provides his medical records from his non-VA provider to his VA-provider, and if his VA provider agrees with the prescription.

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