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First I am totally and permantly disabled, is that considered 100%, Non Service conected, I draw Aid & Attendance too and may be a few fries shy of a happy meal, hehe, so please bear with me.

I was on Medicaid benefits for 7 years before switching to VA Benefits as they payed more. I do not have a Medicaid card now. Can I get a Medicaid card just to pay for Doctor visits that the VA Clinic here in Panama City, FL does not supply. Everytime I need something, a Ex-Ray, eye glasses whatever they want me to go out of town to a VA hospital in ALA to get this done, I have a caregiver who can not see to drive at night and the old truck she drives probably would not make it, I am very close to homebound, can hardly walk, talk, can't write, don't dream, memory loss, no death perception, double vision, so I wear eye patch for that, had 2 eye operations to no avail, well the list goes on and on. I hate to have to move, any kind of movement.

I do not want Medicaid to pay me money in anyway, just to be able to see Doctors when needed here local,

would this mess up my VA benefits, How would I apply or who would I call as I was already approved for Medicaid once and was on it for 7 years.

Also my caregiver changed, do I notify anyone, who?:huh:

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Lobo,

Welcome aboard.

Maybe consider applying for fee basis service from VA. More people will chime in with additional information. Sorry, I don't know much about Medicaid issues but

someone will.

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Gee- I dont know anything about Medicaid either but-you have every right to file a claim for service connection.

It appears you get a NSC pension with A & A from VA-so the only benefit to getting SC financially -would be to get a comp rate that is higher than what the pension pays you now.

Can you tell us a little more?

What are your disabilities and where did you serve?

What was your MOS-

On the surface some disabilities might appear to have no link to service but in the long run-they could have a link. Other disabilities like Agent Orange conditions are presumptive to Vietnam incountry vets.

Were you treated in service for anything that disables you today?

I am assumming that when you applied for the NSC pension they also considered direct service connection too. Do you still have the Statement of the Case from the pension award?

PS -Welcome here veteran and thank you for your service-

brain surgery- do you mind telling us a little more as to why you needed it?

Does the VAMC you go to have a DAV van that might be able to help you get to the hospital?

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Gee- I dont know anything about Medicaid either but-you have every right to file a claim for service connection.

It appears you get a NSC pension with A & A from VA-so the only benefit to getting SC financially -would be to get a comp rate that is higher than what the pension pays you now.

Can you tell us a little more?

What are your disabilities and where did you serve?

What was your MOS-

On the surface some disabilities might appear to have no link to service but in the long run-they could have a link. Other disabilities like Agent Orange conditions are presumptive to Vietnam incountry vets.

Were you treated in service for anything that disables you today?

I am assumming that when you applied for the NSC pension they also considered direct service connection too. Do you still have the Statement of the Case from the pension award?

PS -Welcome here veteran and thank you for your service-

brain surgery- do you mind telling us a little more as to why you needed it?

Does the VAMC you go to have a DAV van that might be able to help you get to the hospital?

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Gee- I dont know anything about Medicaid either but-you have every right to file a claim for service connection.

It appears you get a NSC pension with A & A from VA-so the only benefit to getting SC financially -would be to get a comp rate that is higher than what the pension pays you now.

Can you tell us a little more?

What are your disabilities and where did you serve?

What was your MOS-

On the surface some disabilities might appear to have no link to service but in the long run-they could have a link. Other disabilities like Agent Orange conditions are presumptive to Vietnam incountry vets.

Were you treated in service for anything that disables you today?

I am assumming that when you applied for the NSC pension they also considered direct service connection too. Do you still have the Statement of the Case from the pension award?

No I have not checked to see if they have a van to take me to ALA from FL, 7 hour van ride ride for ex-ray?

MOS was Personal Management Specialist 75C20 I believe

No my disability just happened and is not connected to service even though I served while Vietnam was going on.

PS -Welcome here veteran and thank you for your service-

brain surgery- do you mind telling us a little more as to why you needed it?

Does the VAMC you go to have a DAV van that might be able to help you get to the hospital?

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No I have not checked to see if they have a van to take me to ALA from FL, 7 hour van ride ride for ex-ray?

MOS was Personal Management Specialist 75C20 I believe

No my disability just happened and is not connected to service even though I served while Vietnam was going on.

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Oh-I thought you meant how to apply for service connection-

If I were you I would call the Patient's advocate at the VAMC you deal with-hopefully they could answer your questions or tell you who could.

I see your point but don't know what you should do-I dont know about a long van ride like that either.

This is a rural area and the DAV van covers it well picking up as many vets as they can but they are limited as to how far they can travel.

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Lobo,

Are you drawing social security disability? If you are this might preclude you from getting medicaid depending on the income level. If you are getting social security disability you would qualify for medicare. Medicare pays 80% of doctor bills. As Berta said it would be a good idea to call the patient advocate. If you don't get any answers from the advocate call and ask to speak to the director of the Va medical center. When you ask to speak to the Director they tend to want to help you as opposed to letting you talk to the director. I have been given fee base for several things like physical therapy and xrays. As of late they haven't given me fee base xrays. I only have to drive 2 hours up and 2 hours back to the Va med center. If you were service connected that would be better than Non service connected. Dale Jr. 8

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Lobo,

Are you drawing social security disability? If you are this might preclude you from getting medicaid depending on the income level. If you are getting social security disability you would qualify for medicare. Medicare pays 80% of doctor bills. As Berta said it would be a good idea to call the patient advocate. If you don't get any answers from the advocate call and ask to speak to the director of the Va medical center. When you ask to speak to the Director they tend to want to help you as opposed to letting you talk to the director. I have been given fee base for several things like physical therapy and xrays. As of late they haven't given me fee base xrays. I only have to drive 2 hours up and 2 hours back to the Va med center. If you were service connected that would be better than Non service connected. Dale Jr. 8

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Lobo,

Are you saying you have to go to (ALA) Alabama from Florida for treatment at a VA faculity? If this is the case, that does not seem right. I would request to speak to the PT advocate to find out why they are shipping you out for care in another state. If your not going out of state... you should still be receiving care at the closest va medical center......

As has already been said you could requet a fee basic cared from the va and try to stay within your community for medical care. And you should also apply for Social Security Disability, which if approved should also net you medicare , for you medical needs.

I think that with Medicaid they base approval on all income to include va compensation. Other than that sounds like you know more about medicaid than the rest of us since you have had it before.

Best of luck.....

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Yes I believe with the VA compensation I can not get Medicaid or Medicare. Yes I live in Panama City, FL and nearest VAMC is in Mongomery, AL. Yes fee basis service I must check on, thanks all

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Lobo,

Can you get x-rays here ?

carlie

VA Gulf Coast Health Care System - PanamaOutpatient Clinic

6703 West Highway 98

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Phone: 850-636-7000

VA Gulf Coast Health Care System - Pensacola Outpatient Clinic

312 Kenmore Road

Pensacola, FL 32503

Phone: 850-476-1100

Gainesville/Lake City Shuttle and DAV Vans

North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System

Gainesville/Lake City Shuttle

The shuttle will operate Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at the following times:

Depart Gainesville Arrive Lake City Depart Lake City Arrive Gainesville

7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m.* 8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.* 9:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.* 11:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.* 12:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m.* 2:30 p.m.

3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Normally a 15-passenger (including driver) van and a bus equipped with a wheelchair lift will be used on shuttles. Departure times for the wheelchair capable bus are identified with an asterisk in the schedule above. When necessary and possible, drivers will use alternate vehicles that meet the transportation requirements. If not possible, transportation requirements will be satisfied with other transportation modes.

Patients traveling on the shuttle should notify the receptionist at the clinic when they check in that they are using the shuttle.

DAV Vans

The DAV vans provide transportation for eligible veterans to System facilities using volunteer drivers. The DAV Hospital Service Coordinators (HSC), at extensions 6436 (Gainesville) and 2649 (Lake City), are responsible for coordinating operations of the network, including the DAV vans.

Volunteer drivers are needed - please call the HSC if you would like to volunteer.

RESERVATIONS

The HSC must be notified a minimum of 24 hours in advance of prospective transport. The HSCs are notified directly or through a network of volunteers located in the areas serviced by the Volunteer Patient Transportation Network. MAS/Transportation Clerks or Social Workers will notify the HSC when they become aware of a veteran requiring transportation. DAV vans can carry 7, 9, or 12 passengers (including driver) and are not equipped to accommodate wheelchair passengers. The system is designed to be used by ambulatory patients or patients that require minimal assistance in ambulating (crutches, cane, walker, etc). Wheelchair patients must be capable of performing independent transfers into the vans or buses to include the transfer of their wheelchair into the vehicle.

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Passengers must cancel their reservations with the HSC as soon as they become aware that they no longer require transportation.

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Jacksonville 7:30 a.m. Gainesville 9:15 a.m. Gainesville 2:00 p.m.

Ocala 7:30 a.m. Gainesville 8:30 a.m. Gainesville 2:00 p.m.

Daytona 7:00 a.m. Gainesville 9:15 a.m. Gainesville 2:00 p.m.

*Vans may depart earlier, depending on passenger readiness. Vans will depart no later than 2:00 p.m.

Depending on requirements and driver availability, the following DAV vans run at varied times to and from Gainesville: Lake Panasofkee, Flagler, Lady Lake, Inverness, Eustis, and St. Augustine.

A DAV van also runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Daytona to Jacksonville with an enroute stop in St. Augustine, if required.

Depending on requirements and driver availability, the following DAV van runs at varied times (primarily on Tuesday and Friday) to and from Lake City:

Depart Arrive Depart

Waycross 6:00 a.m. Lake City 8:30 a.m. Lake City 3:30 p.m.

Three vans (one at Gainesville, one at Lake City, and one at the Ocala Clinic) are used for pickup and delivery of patients in the local areas.

Parent Facility: VA Gulf Coast Veterans HCS (Biloxi)

Phone: (228) 523-5000 or (800) 296-8872

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How about Lake City VAMC

Start address: Lake City, FL

End address: Panama City, FL

Distance: 225 mi (about 3 hours 51 mins)

Get reverse directions

Directions

1. Head north from N 1st St - go 199 ft 199 ft

2. Turn right at NW Orange St - go 236 ft 236 ft

3. Turn right at NW Alachua Ave - go 222 ft 222 ft

4. Turn right at W Duval St - go 0.6 mi 0.6 mi

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5. Continue on US-90 - go 1.2 mi 1.2 mi

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6. Bear right at US-90 W - go 1.3 mi 1.3 mi

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7. Bear right into the I-75 N entry ramp - go 6.9 mi 6.9 mi

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8. Take the I-10 exit 435 to Jacksonville/Tallahassee - go 0.5 mi 0.5 mi

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9. Merge into I-10 W - go 166 mi 166 mi

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10. Take the US-231 exit 130 to Cottondale/Panama City - go 0.4 mi 0.4 mi

11. Turn left at US-231 S - go 3.6 mi 3.6 mi

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20. Bear right at US-231 - go 2.9 mi 2.9 mi

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21. Turn left at Harrison Ave - go 0.2 mi 0.2 mi

22. Continue on Harrison Ave - go 1.0 mi 1.0 mi

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23. Arrive at Panama City, FL

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Am I eligible for fee-basis care?

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Am I eligible for fee-basis care?

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All veterans are potentially eligible for fee-basis care; however, the decision to utilize such care is left to the facility providing your care. By law, fee-basis care can only be provided when your treating facility cannot provide you the care you require or because of geographical inaccessibility.

Fee Program (Non-VA Care)

Veterans requesting medical care through the VA Health care System should first seek to obtain care in VA facilities. You may contact the Registration and Enrollment Office at the nearest VA Medical Center for information about your VA health care benefits.

Sometimes VA cannot provide necessary medical care and services. VA may authorize medical care provided health care in the community for those veterans that meet the eligibility requirements. The VA authorization will specify:

Medical services that VA approves

Length of period for treatment

Amount that VA will pay

All VA authorized services must be approved before the veteran receives treatment. However, it may not be possible to contact VA prior to treatment in life-threatening emergency situations. Each individual veteran’s eligibility status and medical care needs are reviewed to decide whether community treatment can be approved. Medical care and services that VA may authorized through community providers may include:

Outpatient Medical Treatment (Office visits)

Medical Diagnostic Services (Laboratory and Imaging)

Inpatient Hospital Care

Outpatient Emergency Room Care

Emergency Ambulance Transportation

Home Health Care

Hospice Care

Community Nursing Home Care

Pharmacy Services

Home Oxygen Services

Bowel and Bladder Care for Spinal Cord Injury

Dialysis Services

Chiropractic Care

Maternity Care

Services may be limited to veterans who are determined to be legally eligible. Veterans with questions about community care benefit should contact the local VA Medical Center Fee Basis Department, VA Primary Care Provider or VA Medical Center Patient Representative.

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