Number of copayments differs
How many copayment charges may be assessed during a single day?
Answer: For outpatient services, you will be charged only one copayment, regardless of the number of health care providers you see in a single day. The number of medication copayments charged as a result of your outpatient visit depends on the number of each 30-day supply of medication filled. Inpatient copayments are based on both a standard charge for each 90 days of care within a 365-day period as well as a per diem (daily) charge. For additional information on copayments and how they might affect you, call the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Clinic at 433-1000.
Q: I recently heard about a new development in VA prosthetics. Can you elaborate?
A: Veterans with lower-leg amputations can look forward to having a prosthetic ankle-foot that matches their natural ease of motion. It will replicate natural motion by propelling people forward using tendonlike springs powered by an electric motor. The VA expects to spend more than $1.2 billion this year on prosthetics and sensory aids, which include glasses and hearing aids.
If you have questions about your benefits as a veteran, call Fred Ballard at the Veterans Affairs at 433-0049 or visit the VA Web site at www.va.gov/hawaii
or the Star-Bulletin at 529-4747.