Jump to content
Using an Ad Blocker? Consider adding HadIt.com as an exception. Hadit.com is funded through advertising, ad free memberships, contributions and out of pocket. ×
  • 0

CHAMP VA


GARYLINN

Question

Had a very interesting afternoon...try the VA telling me that they don't service spouses, only vcts....I educated them of CHAMP VA real fast.
 
I talked with a rep and then her boss and everyone except me said you can be seen at the VA...I was treading water all alone and you know me?  I was getting pissed.
 
Time to call a big wig at the VA, which I decided to do.  I left a nice long message on his voice mail...He actually returned it before close on Friday;  I was impressed.
 
He was not warm and fuzzy at first...."Hello Gary...returning your call...what is it that you want?"
 
I'll give you the reader's digest version...He said lots of folks are ignorant of this program and do not know what to do with it.  He, however, was not ignorant of it but wasn't real cool with WITH MY WIFE coming there at first.  Now I know why there are not many Champ VA patients at the VA...they simply are not too welcomed....OH WELL. 
 
By the end of the conversation, he warmed up to me and even thanked me for my service.  He even suggested that my wife MIGHT be able to be seen in Somersworth which is a small annex a few miles from home.  
 
AHHHHHHHHHH, I feel so satisfied.    :-)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0
  • HadIt.com Elder

Not all VA faciliities see veteran dependents under CHAMP VA. Its a billing program for private care to be paid for by VA. VA facilites themselves are not obligated to take on patients under CHAMP VA. 

 

Note 'May' and 'participating'

Are health care services at VA facilities available to CHAMPVA beneficiaries?

Under the CHAMPVA Inhouse Treatment Initiative (CITI), CHAMPVA beneficiaries may receive cost-free health care services at participating VA facilities.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

My husband and children have champva, they go to any doctor we choose.  I doubt my husband would ever want to use the VA honestly (and he is a veteran).  If I had champva, I would be able to choose where I went instead of waiting for 5 months to see my psychiatrist because my old one moved.  I have had wonderful care (for the most part) at the VA but I would still rather have a choice to use doctor like my husband and children do.  I would just find a good doctor out in town, champva doesn't have high deductibles or high copays for anything and it is easy to use from our experience.

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
On 5/13/2016 at 5:27 PM, brokensoldier244th said:

Not all VA faciliities see veteran dependents under CHAMP VA. Its a billing program for private care to be paid for by VA. VA facilites themselves are not obligated to take on patients under CHAMP VA. 

 

Note 'May' and 'participating'

Are health care services at VA facilities available to CHAMPVA beneficiaries?

Under the CHAMPVA Inhouse Treatment Initiative (CITI), CHAMPVA beneficiaries may receive cost-free health care services at participating VA facilities.

I am well schooled about CHAMP VA.  I know that the VA facility does NOT have to accept one's spouse, however, I had done my homework.  The VA in  Manchester, New Hampshire does accept CHAMPVA at this time.  I knew this when I called.  To receive answers like, "I never heard of this program before"  and "we don't service spouses here!"   It really annoyed me and I took them head on with a very indignant attitude.  I called the patient advocate and told her my next call would be to the head of the hospital....it didn't have to go any further...all of a sudden it was okay for my wife to come right over and get her pretty picture taken and given a Primary care physician ... ASAP!   Funny how those things work out.  "The squeeky wheel gets the oil"    HOWEVER, I make it a point to only squeek when really necessary.  This was one of those times.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Ads

  • Ads

  • Ads

  • Our picks

  • Ads

  • Popular Contributors

  • Ad

  • Latest News
  • veteranscrisisline-badge-chat-1.gif

  • Advertisemnt

  • How to get your questions answered...

    question-001.jpeg

    All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

    Tips on posting on the forums.

    1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.
    2. Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
    3. Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.

    Leading to:

    Post clear questions and then give background info on them.

    Examples:

    • A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
      • was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
    • B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
      • I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?

    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.

    Note:

    Your firsts posts on the board may be delayed before they show up, as they are reviewed, this process does not take long and the review requirement will be removed usually by the 6th post, though we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

    This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.

  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   

    tinnitus-005.pngptsd-005.pnglumbosacral-005.pngscars-005.pnglimitation-flexion-knee-005.pngdiabetes-005.pnglimitation-motion-ankle-005.pngparalysis-005.pngdegenerative-arthitis-spine-005.pngtbi-traumatic-brain-injury-005.png

  • Advertisemnt

  • VA Watchdog

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines