The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.
In general, CHAMPVA covers most health care services and supplies that are medically and psychologically necessary. Upon confirmation of eligibility, you will receive a CHAMPVA Program Guide that specifically addresses covered and non-covered services and supplies. For a complete listing of non-covered services and supplies please consult the CHAMPVA Policy Manual.
You can also find more information about CHAMPVA in one of the CHAMPVA Fact Sheets and other CHAMPVA documents available on the Publications page.
To be eligible for CHAMPVA, you cannot be eligible for TRICARE, and you must be in one of these categories:
The spouse or child of a Veteran who has been rated permanently and totally disabled for a service-connected disability by a VA regional office.
The surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who died from a VA-rated service-connected disability.
The surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who was at the time death rated permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected disability.
The surviving spouse or child of a military member who died in the line of duty, not due to misconduct (in most of these cases, these family members are eligible for TRICARE, not CHAMPVA).
For detailed information on CHAMPVA, eligibility please visit the CHAMPVA Eligibility page.
If you provide all of the required and optional documents, and if your application is complete, then it takes approximately six weeks after the VA gets your package until you get your CHAMPVA identification card and related materials.
If you provide only the required documents, and not the optional documents, processing can take two to eight months since the VA has to confirm information with other federal agencies.
Once the VA gets your application, the VA will review it to be sure it is complete and that all the required forms are included. If your application is not complete, the VA will return it to you with further instructions. For additional information, please refer to Fact Sheet 02-01: Instructions for CHAMPVA Applicants.
To apply for CHAMPVA benefits, you must submit the following documents:
Application for CHAMPVA Benefits, VA Form 10-10d
Other Health Insurance (OHI) Certification, VA Form 10-7959c orForma 10-7959c, Certificacion CHAMPVA de Otros Seguros de Salud (OSS)
For individuals who are eligible for Medicare, for any reason, the VA also need a copy of your Medicare card.
If you are age 65 or older and are not entitled to Medicare, you must send documentation from the Social Security Administration that confirms you are not entitled to Medicare benefits under anyone's Social Security number.
All documents need to be submitted to:
Chief Business Office Purchased CareCHAMPVA EligibilityPO Box 469028Denver, CO 80246-9028
For detailed information on applying for CHAMPVA, please visit the How to Apply for CHAMPVA page.
CHAMPVA is an open network government health benefit program and has no designated network of providers. For information on locating providers, please visit the Locating a Provider page.
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