The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced in a press release today (Dec. 12) that it is amending its regulation on copayments for Veterans’ outpatient medications for non-service connected conditions.
The VA currently charges non service-connected veterans either $8 or $9 for each 30-day or less supply of outpatient medication.
According to the press release, the VA will be switching to a tiered system on Feb. 27, 2017 that will keep outpatient medication costs low for veterans.
The tiers are as follows:
These changes apply to veterans without a service-connected condition, or veterans with a disability rated less than 50-percent who are receiving outpatient treatment for a non-service connected condition, and whose annual income exceeds the limit set by law. Copayments stop each calendar year for veterans in Priority Groups 2-8 once a $700 cap is reached. More information on the new tiered medication copayment can be found here. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=VA-2016-VHA-0003-0001