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Veterans Corner

May 27, 2012

‘Telehealth’ no longer requires VA co-pay

By Jim Vines | jim.helpingveterans@gmail.com

The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer charge veterans a co-payment when they receive care in their homes from VA health professionals using video conferencing. Eliminating the co-payment for this service will remove an necessary financial burden for veterans.

This change will primarily benefit veterans with limited mobility, such as spinal cord injury patients. Whenever medically appropriate, the VA will make the home the preferred place of care for veterans to ensure timely and convenient access to VA services. Data has shown that expanded use of technology in the home enables patients with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, chronic heart failure and hypertension, to live independently, actively engage in managing their health and prevent avoidable hospitalization of patients who otherwise might need long-term institutional care.

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