Did You Know

38 CFR ยง 17.110 provides for exemptions from copayments, including exemptions from medication copayments for:  

(1) Medication for a veteran who has a service-connected disability rated 50% or more based on a service-connected disability or unemployability;

(2) Medication for a veteran's service-connected disability;

(3) Medication for a veteran whose annual income (as determined under 38 U.S.C. 1503) does not exceed the maximum annual rate of VA pension which would be payable to such veteran if such veteran were eligible for pension under 38 U.S.C. 1521;

(4) Medication authorized under 38 U.S.C. 1710(e) for Vietnam-era herbicide-exposed veterans, radiation-exposed veterans, Persian Gulf War veterans, or post-Persian Gulf War combat-exposed veterans;

(5) Medication for treatment of sexual trauma as authorized under 38 U.S.C. 1720D;

(6) Medication for treatment of cancer of the head or neck authorized under 38 U.S.C. 1720E; and

(7) Medications provided as part of a VA approved research project authorized by 38 U.S.C. 7303.  

If you are a Veteran that falls in one of these categories and the VA has been charging you copayments for medication demand a refund of the medication copayments.

Be prepared for a fight though because getting money back from the VA once you have given it to them is like trying to get blood from a turnip.

Be sure to read Chapter 9  of the VA Pharmacy Manual to learn more.


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