CalVet Veterans Benefit Enhancement Program (VBE)
CalVet partners with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to promote USDVA health care. CalVet VBE staff contact DHCS veteran referrals via mail, email, and phone. These referrals are generated from a combination of the Public Assistance and Reporting Information System and the Medi-Cal Eligibility Data System.
VBE Program Frequently Asked Questions
Why transition from Medi-Cal to VA health care?
Every year millions of California taxpayer dollars are spent on
unused Medi-Cal premiums given to HMOs. If you are utilizing Medi-Cal, keep it. If not, you may always re-enroll when needed.
What if I am already enrolled in VA health care?
Upon VA health care verification, your state Medi-Cal record will be updated as having other health insurance and Medi–Cal will become the last payer for any health care expenses.
What if VA health care is already my primary provider?
Then there will be no change to your VA health care benefits. If you are not using your Medi-Cal, then we would suggest that you dis-enroll.
What additional benefits does VA health care provide that Medi-Cal does not?
Many veterans are not aware that they qualify for more generous benefits from the VA:
My HealtheVet website
MyHealtheVet offers 24/7 self-service for appointments, prescriptions, and physician communication.
Estate Asset Recovery
Medi-Cal is a cost recovery program. On your passing, the State can recover the costs of care from your estate.
Up to a 90 day supply of prescriptions can be mailed to your home.
VA physicians are the most knowledgeable in working with service connected conditions.
VA health care is federally administered, which means your care is covered nationwide.
What is estate asset recovery?
The Medi-Cal program must seek repayment from the estates of certain deceased Medi-Cal members. Repayment only applies to benefits received by these members on or after their 55th birthday and who own assets at the time of death. If a deceased member owns nothing when they die, nothing will be owed.
Do I lose any benefits or coverage if I transition my primary provider from Medi-Cal to VA health care?
No, you actually gain benefits such as online access to appointments, prescriptions, and provider communications to name a few.
If I dis-enroll, can my family still be covered by Medi-Cal?
Yes, if they continue to meet state eligibility requirements for the Medi-Cal program.
For more information please contact Jared Stone at
VBE@calvet.ca.gov or (916) 503-8087.
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