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Posted on: January 21, 2022

Co-Payment Debt Relief Options Are Available to Veterans

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DAVIE COUNTY, NC – Copayment collections and statements for medical care and pharmacy services might seem overwhelming, especially this time of year, but the VA wants to remind Veterans that debt relief programs are available and accessible.

Collection of copayments resumed on Oct. 1, 2021, after an 18-month halt, due to the American Rescue Plan (ARP). ARP included a provision that canceled copayments for medical care and pharmacy services received April 6, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021, and directed refunds to be issued.

“Our goal is to make sure Veterans understand that expansive debt relief options are just a click of the mouse or a phone call away,” said Susan Reed, executive director of VHA Office of Revenue Operations. “Our team is standing by to assist if statements appear confusing or clarification is needed.”

Collection actions resumed Oct. 1, 2021. Due to Public Law 104-113, Debt Collection Improvement Act, copayments for medical care and pharmacy services delinquent 90 days or more are subject to a reduction of VA benefits to satisfy the balance. Copayments delinquent 120 days or more are subject to referral to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for collection action. VA recommends considering applying for debt relief as soon as possible if this is a concern.
 
For assistance with applying for Debt Relief, contact Davie County Veterans Services at 336-753-6225.

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