If you are a Veteran and are “in the VA system” you can obtain your prescriptions from the V for free or for a modest charge. The veteran can get a prescription filled by the VA clinic if the prescription is issued by either a VA physician or a private doctor. The co-payment ranges from $0.00 to $9.00 for a 30 day supply per prescription. The determining factor for the level of co-pay is the veteran’s annual household income which is reviewed annually.
How do you get “in the system”?
To get into the VA health system you need to contact the local VA Health Care Administration. You will need to provide them with your discharge papers/ Then fill out their application form. Part of the form asks for financial information. If you don’t fill in the financial information you can still get prescription drug coverage but you will pay the maximum of $9 per monthly supply of each drug. To get enrolled in the system it is necessary to have a physical exam with a VA doctor. Start early, because it may be months before you can schedule an appointment.
Once you are enrolled in the prescription drug program you can have your prescriptions filled. The VA will mail the prescriptions to you.
Annually you will receive more paperwork to fill out. To stay enrolled you need to complete and mail in the forms, otherwise you will be dropped from the program.
The Prescription Drug Program is a benefit you earned as a Veteran.
Prepared by Susan M. Graham
Attorney Accredited with the Veterans Administration
The Graham Law Office, P.A., 1009 W. Fort Street, Boise, Idaho 83702