Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits work side-by-side with Medicare. Meaning, you can have both Medicare and VA benefits simultaneously – you do not have to choose one or the other. However, Medicare and VA benefits do not work together, but rather Medicare helps to cover cost for care received at a Medicare-certified facility while VA benefits help to cover cost for care received at a VA facility. Medicare does not pay for any care received at a VA facility and vice versa.
If you qualify for VA benefits, you still may want to consider enrolling in Medicare Parts A and B when you turn 65 or otherwise become eligible for Medicare because it may provide you with medical coverage outside the VA health system.
For more information on Medicare, contact us at (941) 405 – 3900.