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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) encourages veterans to sign up for Medicare, even if you already receive VA healthcare benefits. There are many reasons to have both VA and Medicare coverage once you turn 65:
- To use VA benefits, you must get care at a VA facility or have the VA preauthorize your care elsewhere. When you also have Medicare, you can get care at non-VA facilities and have Medicare cover it.
- You might have a copayment when using VA benefits for care unrelated to your military service.
- If the VA only preauthorizes some services or a certain number of days at a non-VA facility, Medicare might pay for other services or days needed.
- With Medicare Part D, you can get medications from local pharmacies and non-VA doctors and mail-order services, instead of using the VA mail-order service.
- With Medicare Advantage plans, you can combine your healthcare coverage with dental and vision services, wellness programs and more.
- Health Alliance™ and Simplete® Medicare Advantage plans provide a network of local doctors and access to health coaches, care coordinators and more.
Check out this flier for additional information.
Interested in learning more?
- Call (888) 382-9771 (TTY 711).
- Attend a webinar to learn about Health Alliance and Simplete Medicare Advantage plans.
- Read more about the different types of Medicare.
- View plans, enroll and more at HealthAlliance.org/medicare and simplete.org/medicare.
For accommodations of persons with special needs at meetings, call (877) 634-3390 (TTY 711).
First in this series: Enroll in a Medicare Plan Made for You
Second in this series: Busting Common Myths About Medicare Advantage Plans