VA Health Cost & CoPays

While many Veterans qualify for free healthcare services based on a VA compensable service-connected condition or other qualifying factor, most Veterans are asked to complete an annual financial assessment, to determine if they qualify for free services. Veterans whose income exceed the established VA Income Thresholds as well as those who choose not to complete the financial assessment must agree to pay required copays to become eligible for VA healthcare services.

Outpatient Copays

  • Primary Care Services: $15
  • Specialty Care Services: $50
  • Prescriptions:
    • 30-day or less supply for certain Veterans: $8
    • 30-day or less supply for higher income Veterans: $9

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Inpatient Copays

There are two inpatient copay rates, the full rate and the reduced rate.

Priority Group 7 and certain other Veterans are responsible for paying 20 percent of VA’s inpatient copay rate.

  • Inpatient Copay for the first 90 days of care during a 365-day period……………$231.20
  • Inpatient Copay for each additional 90 days of care during a 365-day period……………$115.60
  • Daily Charge……………$2/day

Priority Group 8 and certain other Veterans are responsible for VA’s full inpatient copay rate.

  • Inpatient Copay for the first 90 days of care during a 365-day period……………$1,156
  • Inpatient Copay for each additional 90 days of care during a 365-day period……………$578
  • Daily Charge……………$10/day

Veterans living in high cost areas may qualify for a reduced inpatient copay rate. For more information contact VA toll-free at 877-222-VETS (8387).

Geriatrics and Extended Care

Long term care copays are based on three levels of care:

  • Inpatient: Up to $97 per day (Community Living (Nursing home), Respite, Geriatric Evaluation)
  • Outpatient: $15 per day (Adult Day Health Care, Respite, Geriatric Evaluation)
  • Domiciliary: $5 per day

Actual copay charges will vary based on Veteran current financial assessment.

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Veterans Not Required To Make Copays

Some Veterans qualify for free healthcare and/or prescriptions based on special eligibility factors including but not limited to:

  • Former Prisoner of War status
  • 50% or more compensable VA service-connected disabilities (0-40% compensable service- connected may take copay test to determine prescription copay status)
  • Veterans deemed catastrophically disabled by a VA provider

Services Exempt from Inpatient and Outpatient Copays 

  • Special registry examinations offered by VA to evaluate possible health risks associated with military service
  • Counseling and care for military sexual trauma
  • Compensation and Pension examinations.
  • Care that is part of a VA research project
  • Care related to a VA-rated service-connected disability
  • Readjustment counseling and related mental health services
  • Care for cancer of head or neck caused by nose or throat radium treatments received while in the military
  • Individual or Group Smoking Cessation or Weight Reduction services
  • Publicly announced VA public health initiatives, for example, health fairs
  • Care potentially related to combat service for Veterans that served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998.
  • Laboratory and electrocardiograms
  • Hospice care

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