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For and about Hawaii's military

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Co-payments accrue once
a day, based on service

Question: How many co-payment charges may be assessed during a day?

Answer: You will be charged only one co-payment on a single day, whether it be an inpatient, outpatient, or long-term care co-payment, based on the highest level of service provided on that day. Medication co-payments, which are applicable only to outpatients, vary depending upon the number of prescriptions filled. If you are an outpatient who has both a specialty care visit as well as a basic care visit on the same day, you will be charged for the specialty care visit since it is more expensive. Inpatient co-payments are based on standard charge for each 90 days of care within a 365-day period as well as a per diem charge. Since long-term care co-payments can apply for inpatient or outpatient-type services, the co-payments vary based upon the service provided and your ability to pay. For more information, contact the VA at 433-0600.

Q: Does VA know of Vietnam veterans with chronic lymphocytic leukemia from its health care records? How will VA be contacting those Vietnam veterans to let them know of the possibility of new disability compensation benefits?

A: VA has not at this time established a mechanism to identify individual veterans about chronic lymphocytic leukemia. However, VA attempts to keep all of the 314,000 veterans who have signed up for the Agent Orange registry health examination program informed about benefits changes through newsletters. A VA Web site is Copies of the Agent Orange Review are available at VA clinics. For more information, call 433-0600.

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
or the Star-Bulletin at 529-4747.

Gregg K. Kakesako, who covers military affairs for the Star-Bulletin,
can be reached by phone at 294-4075
or by e-mail at


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