This month, we celebrate Veterans Day – a special time to recognize the hard work and sacrifices of our nation’s heroes. These brave individuals placed their lives on the line to protect the liberty of our nation. Like all Americans, I am eternally grateful. Every day when I drive to work in Washington, I pass by the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. These monuments and grave sites serve as a testament to the sacrifices of our Armed Services and constantly remind me of our responsibility to care for these men and women.
One of the greatest privileges of serving Nevada in the U.S. Senate is the opportunity to sit on the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee. With Nevada being home to nearly 300,000 veterans, and with approximately 27,000 of those being women veterans, I remain committed to advocating on behalf of the issues facing our veterans locally and nationwide.
Just last month, my office hosted a veterans discussion at the McKinley Arts Center in Reno. The focus was to ensure all veterans are familiar with their benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and additional programs to secure complete medical coverage.
When it comes to health care, many veterans and their families have misconceptions of what the VA will actually pay for if they have an emergency that requires them to go to a hospital other than a VA facility.
Even if a veteran is service connected, meaning they receive VA disability compensation for injuries sustained while in the military, whether they are 10 percent, 60 percent, or even 100 percent service connected, veterans may still need Medicare Part A and Part B to protect themselves against the unexpected.
Here is the difference: The VA Hospital Administration provides “health care,” while Medicare provides “insurance.” These two functions may complement each other and protect the veteran from unforeseen medical emergencies.
Another important take away for veterans who receive health care at the VA and have a medical emergency of any kind at a non-VA facility is that they must always notify the VA within 72 hours of that non-VA emergency care. This notification may greatly impact any out-of-pocket costs that may occur.
I hope you find these tips helpful. On this Veterans Day, I join my fellow Nevadans in taking time to appreciate the many sacrifices that have been made by our nation’s heroes. Their service will never be forgotten.
As always, I want to be of help to any Nevada veteran facing difficulties in dealing with their VA services. Either my staff or I would be happy to assist you. To reach my Las Vegas office, please call (702) 388-6605. +