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CHAMPVA Overview


The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a program that primarily provides healthcare benefits to spouses and children of:

  1. Totally and permanently disabled veterans
  2. Veterans who have died from their disabilities or who were completely disabled at their time of death
  3. Veterans who have died in the line of duty with an honorable record

In order to receive CHAMPVA you cannot be eligible to receive TRICARE/CHAMPUS and your veteran must receive their disability rating through a VA office. The disability can be physical or mental but it also be service related.

If you are a CHAMPVA veteran you can choose to receive your health care through the VA or through your CHAMPVA benefits. CHAMPVA has recently changed their policies to include veterans who are married to other service personal that may also have CHAMPVA benefits. You can now choose whatever best suits your needs. CHAMPVA benefits generally pay after MEDICARE and other insurance.

Your CHAMPVA eligibility can change over time. This may be due to a change in your disability, your eligibility status for Medicare or TRICARE or a change in your relationship with the CHAMPVA veteran due to marriage or divorce. Always report all changes to the CHAMPVA Eligibility Unit.

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