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Benefit Details
Basic Medical Benefits Package for Veterans
Managing Agency Veterans Health Administration (VHA) http://www.va.gov/health

Program Description

Veterans Medical Care Benefits provide outpatient medical services, hospital care, medicines, and supplies to eligible Veterans. Veterans with service-connected disabilities living or traveling overseas must register with the Foreign Medical Program regardless of the degree of disability.

Anyone who registers on My HealtheVet starts with a Basic Account. This account does not require that you have your identity authenticated*. A Basic Account provides limited access to features in My HealtheVet that you self-enter. You may use the journals and other tools to track your health measures. However, you cannot see your personal information located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the Department of Defense (DoD) systems.
*This is a process by which VA verifies a Veterans' identity before allowing access to their VA health record. To learn more, go to: Upgrading your My HealtheVet account through In-Person or Online Authentication.
With a Basic Account you may use My HealtheVet to:
  • Add information to a personal health journal about over-the-counter medications, military health history, medical events, tests and allergies
  • Record and track personal information such as contact information, emergency contacts, health care providers and doctors, and health insurance information
  • Record and track personal health measurements (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, heart rate, body temperature, weight, pain level, etc.) in Vitals & Readings
  • Print a wallet ID card with the personal information entered into the personal health record
  • Set personal goals. My Goals makes it easy for you to set goals, identify your strengths and tasks, to overcome obstacles, and track your progress. My Goals can be used to help your health care team understand what is important to you

General Program Requirements

If you served in the active military service and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty by a Federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health benefits as well.

For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit the VA Health Benefits Eligibility page.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To complete an application, use VA Form 10-10EZ, "Application for Medical Benefits."

Program Contact Information

If you have questions:
  • Visit the Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) website to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
  • Call 1-800-827-1000
  • Call 1-800-829-4833, if you are hearing impaired
To apply for additional Veterans' benefits and view your benefit status, open an eBenefits Premium account. eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans and Servicemembers can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit the eBenefits website.