Term:
Civilian Health and Medical Program - Veterans Administration (CHAMPVA)

Description:
It is also known as CHAMPVA, and is a comprehensive health care program administered by the Department of Veterans Affair. It is meant to cover healthcare and medical costs for those veterans who are ineligible to receive benefits under TRICARE or CHAMPUS.

Similarly to CHAMPUS/TRICARE, CHAMPVA will cover most costs involving diagnosis, treatment, and supplies, and at a similar rate. Unlike CHAMPUS, even though they sound similar and are indeed similar in many ways, CHAMPVA is not associated in any way with TRICARE. CHAMPVA is a Veteran-Affairs run program, while TRICARE is a regionally run, Department of Defense program.

Applications:
CHAMPVA is a medical care program for spouses and dependent children of disabled (or deceased disabled) veterans who meet the eligibility requirements: the spouse or child of a veteran who has been considered disabled for a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died from a service connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a veteran who was at the time death rated permanently from a service connected disability, or the surviving spouse or child of a military member who died in the line of duty. The program provides reimbursement of medical expenses for those family members eligible, and in most cases, will pay what's left after Medicare and other insurance programs come into effect.

Web Resources:
Federal Register
United States Department of Veteran Affairs
AllMilitary.com

Related Terminology:
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • CHAMPUS
  • Military Medical Care

Citations/References:
Associated Content: CHAMPVA
Understanding Military Medical Care on About.com
United States Department of Veteran Affairs
AllMilitary.com


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