Military Life March 23, 2021

Health Care Benefits for Women Veterans

Zena L., Editor

Are the women Veterans in your community aware that they may qualify for a range of health care benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)?

Let Your Women Veterans Know About Health Care Benefits

Inform the women Veterans in your community that VA is there for them and understands their health care needs, and is committed to meeting those needs. VA is taking steps to support the growing number of women Veterans by taking such steps as:

  • Enhancing facilities.
  • Training health care staff in women’s health care.
  • Improving services to make sure women who are eligible for VA care can access services tailored to their needs.
  • Ensuring all women Veterans receive equitable, high quality and comprehensive health care services in a sensitive and safe environment at all VA facilities.
  • Aiming to be a national leader in the provision of health care for women Veterans, thereby raising the standard of care for all women.

What Should Your Women Veterans Expect?

  • Comprehensive primary care, mental health services, emergency and specialty care given by proficient and interested providers
  • Privacy, safety, dignity and sensitivity to gender-specific needs
  • State-of-the-art health care equipment and technology
  • Pharmacy services available by mail-order and online

Women Veterans Health Care

Make sure your women Veterans know how to contact their nearest VA Medical Center and ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM). They should know that the WVPM is designated to advise and advocate for women Veterans and can help coordinate all the services they may need. Suggest they visit the Women Veterans Health Care website to learn more.

Your women Veterans should be made aware of the full continuum of health care benefits available to them. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Comprehensive primary care (for acute and chronic illness).
  • Specialty care.
  • Mental health care.
  • Disease prevention and screening.
  • Emergency care.
  • Women’s health specialty care (e.g., advanced breast and gynecological care, maternity care and some fertility treatments).
  • Inpatient medical/surgical health care.
  • Physical rehabilitation.
  • Substance abuse treatment.
  • Long-term care.
  • Pharmacy benefits.

Eligibility and Enrollment Information to Share with Your Women Veterans:

If you actively served in the military and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who completed Federal active duty may also be eligible for VA health care benefits.

The simplest way to apply for VA health care benefits is to complete and submit VA Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits online, but you can also apply in person, by phone or by mail.

For more information on various health and wellness topics, browse the QuickSeries® library of guides, including Women’s Health for Service Members and Women Veterans Health Services.

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