Historic Move: World War II Vets Granted Free Health Care by VAGo Back to News and Updates
The VA has made history by announcing that all surviving veterans of World War II are eligible for free health care, medical services, and nursing home care.
On Friday, the VA announced in a press release that all WWII veterans who served between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946, are now eligible, regardless of how long or how well off they are financially. The monthly premiums, enrollment fees, and copays for eligible veterans are waived.
According to the most recent data from the Pew Research Center, there are now less than 120,000 World War II veterans still alive in the United States, making up less than 1% of the total veteran population. This monumental change is in response to the Cleland-Dole Act of 2022 requirement, which requires the VA to offer free healthcare to this distinguished group of veterans.
VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Shereef Elnahal praised the "Greatest Generation" in a news statement last Friday: "These members of the Greatest Generation answered the call to service when our nation—and the world—needed them most." It is now our responsibility to assist them in every manner possible. We're honored to provide these brave men and women access to top-notch medical treatment at no cost via the VA, and we hope they'll take advantage of it.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has committed to reaching out to every qualified veteran and is preparing a comprehensive outreach campaign. This effort will use phone calls and mail to persuade veterans who still need to register to apply for this newly discovered benefit. When enlisting in the VA, veterans who served during World War II can keep their previous insurance coverage, including Medicare, private insurance providers, and most other types.
The VA stressed its commitment to veterans' welfare by encouraging all World War II veterans to sign up for VA health care, which it promoted as the "best, most-affordable health care in America for Veterans." The VA claims its facilities routinely rank higher in patient satisfaction and quality ratings than other organizations due to better health outcomes for veterans using their health care systems.
This historic decision acknowledges the priceless sacrifices made by veterans of World War II and emphasizes the nation's commitment to honoring their service by providing free health care. This project is a monument to the everlasting appreciation and respect for the sacrifices made by the heroes of the Greatest Generation. As the number of surviving World War II veterans continues to diminish, this campaign is a testament to these feelings.
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