On June 15, the VA announced new eligibility criteria for Priority 8 veterans, which may allow more than 265,000 veterans to finally enroll in the VA health care system.
The new policy will expand coverage under the current means test for non-service-connected veterans whose income exceeds the current eligibility threshold by 10 percent.
Priority 8 veterans consist of veterans who do not have a service-connected rating with the VA. For years, only Priority 8 veterans experiencing financial hardship were eligible to receive care at VA facilities. The recent change in policy will now expand health care coverage to more than a quarter million veterans during a tough economic time.
To help veterans learn if they are eligible for the expanded coverage, VA has built an enrollment calculator available on the VA Web site. More information on the new benefit is available online or by calling 1-800-222-VETS (8387).
AMVETS has supported the expansion of care to Priority 8 veterans, allowing increased access to affordable health care options to those who have served, regardless of a service-connected condition.