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The Veterans Health Administration Program

 The Veterans Health Administration Program is a medical assistance program for veterans in America. The program is carried out through the administration and operation of numerous veterans' affairs (VA) outpatient clinics, hospitals, medical centers and long-term healthcare facilities (i.e., nursing homes). The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the component of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The establishment of the Veterans Health Administration came in 1930 when Congress authorized the President to " consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans ". The VA health care system has grown from 54 hospitals in 1930, to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 domiciliary. VA health care facilities provide a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care.

Eligibility for the benefits of the Veterans Health Administration Program is based on certain eligibility criteria. By Federal law, eligibility for benefits is determined by a system of eight priority groups. Retirees from military service, veterans with service-connected injuries or conditions rated by VA and Purple Heart recipients are within the higher priority groups.

Veterans who do not fall under any of the above categories or who do not meet the above said conditions become eligible for the Veterans Health Administration Program (VHA) based on their financial needs. Veterans who do not have service-connected disabilities totaling 50% or more may be subject to co-payments for any care they received for no service-connected conditions.

Eligibility for the Veterans Health Administration Program (VHA) dental care and nursing home care are much more restricted. VA nursing homes are primarily for veterans needing care for a service-connected condition, or who have service-connected disability ratings of 70% or higher. Reservists and National Guardsmen who were called to active duty by a Federal Executive Order qualify for VA health care benefits.

The Veterans Health Administration Program (VHA) is the largest integrated healthcare system in the United States today, providing care for over 5 million veterans across the country. Though this system is the biggest in the country, more than a million of America´ s veterans are currently without medical insurance. The country is estimated to have more than 24 million veterans.

It is believed that the rigid and strict norms for the eligibility to the Veterans Health Administration Program (VHA) and also because people opting for other health insurance programs including private insurance are responsible for this situation. The program is undergoing a re-engineering process to combat the growing challenges. The program aims at bringing more and more people under the VHA insurance net and to provide them with the best of the healthcare services that they deserve.

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