VA Eliminates Copayment for In-Home Video Telehealth
WASHINGTON – Beginning May
7, the Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer charge Veterans a copayment when they receive care in
their homes from VA health professionals using video conferencing.
“Eliminating the copayment for this service
will remove an unnecessary financial burden for Veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We
will continue to do everything we can to ensure that Veterans have access to the first-class care they have earned with their
service to our Nation.”
This change will primarily benefit Veterans with limited mobility, such as spinal cord injury
patients. Whenever medically appropriate, VA will make the home the preferred place of care for Veterans to ensure timely
and convenient access to VA services.
For more information about telehealth, visit: http://www.telehealth.va.gov/.
Data have shown that expanded use of technology in the home enables patients with chronic health
conditions, such as diabetes, chronic heart failure and hypertension, to live independently, actively engage in managing their
health, and prevents avoidable hospitalization of patients who otherwise may need long-term institutional care.
Home telehealth does not replace
the need for nursing home care or for traditional noninstitutional care programs. However, it enhances the ability for many
veterans to better understand and manage chronic diseases. This partnership with their care team helps delay the need for
institutionalization and enables them to maintain independence for an extended period of time, thus improving their overall
quality of life.
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