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It should be noted that the identification card is different from a Veteran Health Identification card or a DoD Uniformed Services or retiree ID card. As such, the VA identification cards cannot be used as proof of eligibility to any federal benefits and does not grant access to military installations.
When available, Veterans will be able to request an ID card from VA for a fee. VA is currently making plans to implement the new law in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible while protecting Veterans’ personal information. We estimate that VA will be able implement the program in 2017. The cost of each card has not yet been determined.
In the meantime, Veterans who would like an identification card that displays their military service do not have to wait until VA implements the new law. You have several options:
• Your driver’s license or state identification card can carry a Veteran designation. This option is currently available in 49 states, along with Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. • Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care can obtain a free Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC). • Veterans who have retired from military service can receive an identification card from DoD.
A financial assessment is a means of collecting the Veteran’s household income information which is used to determine whether a Veteran is eligible for enrollment and whether or not the Veteran would be required to pay copays for care or prescription medication. VA is required by law to collect this information.
Not all Veterans are required to provide their income information to VA when applying for enrollment. Only certain Veterans who do not have a VA-rated service connected disability, who do not receive a VA pension payment or have a special eligibility, such as a recently discharged Combat Veteran or a Purple Heart recipient, must provide their gross household income (which includes spouse/partner and dependent children, if applicable) for the previous year when applying for enrollment for VA health care. This part of the application process is called an ‘income assessment or financial assessment” (also formerly called a means test) and is used to determine if these Veterans are eligible for enrollment and whether or not they have to pay copays for their health care or prescription medication. A financial assessment is a means of collecting the Veteran’s household income information which is used to determine whether a Veteran is eligible for enrollment and whether or not the Veteran would be required to pay copays for care or prescription medication. VA is required by law to collect this information.