What Are Some Veterans Prescription Benefits?


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Veterans who are receiving treatment from a VA primary care provider receive all necessary treatment medications, explains the agency's website. Depending on a veteran's service-connected disabilities, he may receive his medications free of charge. Those without service-connected disabilities must pay a co-payment for every 30-day supply of medications the VA supplies.

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To refill medications, veterans can visit the MyHealtheVet website. At this site veterans can also review a prescription history, reports the VA. Alternatively, veterans can request a prescription refill by mailing the refill notice received at the time he originally filled the prescription. For those VA pharmacies with toll-free automated refill systems, veterans can refill medications via phone.

There are certain requirements to get a prescription filled by a non-VA provider, notes the VA. The veteran must be enrolled in VA health benefits and have an assigned primary care provider. He must have provided his VA health provider with his medical records from the non-VA health provider. In addition, the VA health provider must be in agreement about the medication the non-VA health provider prescribes.

The prescription benefit program is not a stand-alone program; it is a component of the VA's comprehensive medical care program, notes Benefits.gov. Veterans must be enrolled in and currently receiving health care from the VA to take advantage of the pharmacy benefit. Participants typically receive prescriptions by mail, or if a veteran needs medication sooner, he can obtain it from a VA medical facility pharmacy.

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