The VA provides a standard enhanced health benefits plan to all enrolled veterans. It maintains an annual enrollment system to manage quality hospital and outpatient medical care and treatment.
The VA provides every active-duty service member, Reservist or National Guard member who serves in a theater of combat operations five (5) years of free health care -- beginning on the date of discharge or release from service -- for all illnesses and injuries, unless clearly unrelated to military service. At the end of the five-year period, these veterans have the same eligibility for VA medical care as veterans of earlier conflicts. Co-payment status will depend on whether illness or injury is found to be service-connected.
For more information on eligibility, visit the VA
Medicaid is a program for New Yorkers who cannot afford medical care. Public health insurance programs are administered nationwide by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, through its Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). For more information about Medicaid, visit the website
Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older; people under age 65 with certain disabilities; and
people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant). For more information about Medicare, visit the website
Social Security Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors
Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application.
The expedited process is used for military service members who became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. For more information about Social Security, visit the website
Each VA Medical Center has a Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM) who helps women understand their benefits, and coordinates their care. The Women Veterans Program Manager can assist women veterans in establishing their eligibility, understanding their benefits, and obtaining their health care in VA system.
The Women Veterans Health Program provides a full range of medical and mental health services, including: Primary care, reproductive health, gynecology services, patient education, preventive health screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer and osteoporosis, screening, counseling, and treatment for sexual trauma, substance abuse, PTSD and domestic violence, vocational rehabilitation, homeless programs, transition assistance separating from military duty.