2014-03-27 / Community

Veterans no longer need to report income when renewing VA benefits

LANSING – Starting this month, most veterans enrolled in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health system will no longer need to report income information to renew their healthcare benefits. Instead, the VA will use information obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration, said Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes.

“This change makes it easier for veterans to keep their healthcare eligibility up to date,” Barnes said. “Eliminating the requirement that veterans report their income removes another hurdle in the benefits process, making healthcare benefits more accessible to our veterans.”

Some veterans applying for enrollment for the first time will still need to submit income information in order to join the benefit program.

Additionally, this change does not impact the VA’s long-standing policy to provide no-cost care to indigent veterans, veterans with catastrophic medical conditions, veterans with a disability rating of 50 percent or higher, or for conditions that are officially rated as “service-connected.”

For more information about benefits available to veterans or how to sign up, including VA healthcare, visit www.MichiganVeterans.com or call (517) 284-5298.

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