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Linn County Announces Health Enrollment Guidelines For Veterans

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to re-open enrollment for health care to approximately 266,000 additional Veterans whose incomes exceed the current VA means test and geographic means test income thresholds by 10 percent or less. The new provision will be applied retroactively to all rejected enrollment applications received on or after January 1, 2009.

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VA suspended enrollment for Priority 8 Veterans in 2003 because it was unable to provide all enrolled Veterans with timely access to its health care services due to a tremendous growth in the number of Veterans seeking enrollment at that time. VA is now seeking to reopen enrollment for a segment of the Veteran population without compromising the Department’s ability to provide high quality health care services to all enrolled Veterans who are eligible for care.

This incremental approach to expanding enrollment allows VA to ensure that access to VA healthcare for a greater number of beneficiaries does not sacrifice timely access or quality medical care for those Veterans already enrolled in VA’s health care system.

A Veteran who applies for enrollment after the effective date of the new provision (expected June 15, 2009), does not qualify for a higher priority group and whose income exceeds the means test threshold (MTT) or geographic means test threshold (GMTT) by 10% or less will be enrolled in VA’s health care system. These Veterans will be required to make copayments.