A veteran is one who has served in the United States armed forces, especially one who has served in combat. The National Guard is included. It is especially applied to those who served for an entire career, usually of 20 years or more, but may be applied for someone who has only served one tour of duty.
I recently emailed JR at We Care Pharmacy in David. I’d heard that a Veteran, not just retired Veteran, are covered under the Veteran Benefits in Panama. But there is more to the story. See what’s covered below and how to get signed up when you move to Panama.
Q. Does the veteran need to be retired or just served some time in the military?
ANSWER – For medical benefits in Panama a veteran must:
(a) Be retired to utilize his TRICARE benefits
(b) Be retired and have a service connected disability or disabilities adjudicated by VA to use either TRICARE, for non-service connected ailments, and VA-Foreign Medical Progam (FMP) for service-connected disabilities
(c) NOT retired, but have a service connected disability or disabilities adjudicated by VA from 0% to 100%.
A veteran’s disability rating can be verified by his VA Award letter, VA Decision Letter, or the Foreign Medical Program (FMP) letter (if registered).
A veteran’s eligibility to TRICARE can be verified with his retiree ID Card and/or accessing TRICARE online.
Veterans can register and open an account with online E-Benefits to download many VA and service documents, apply for compensation, and read up or apply for many other benefits.
Q. What information is needed to get set up?
(a) VA Disability Award Letter, or VA Disability Decision Letter, or Foreign Medical Program Letter
(b) Retiree ID Card (if retired) for TRICARE verification
Q. Where do they go to sign up?
(a) We Care Pharmacy, David, 775-7042 (strip map attached)
(b) If you would like to sit down with JR for a complete and detailed explanation, please call for an appointment, 775-7042, and bring in all your documents.|
Q. What is covered?
(a) Using TRICARE insurance, medical services and medications at hospitals and/or pharmacies that accept TRICARE. The veteran that has TRICARE insurance must be prepared to pay cash up-front in the event the hospital denies acceptance of TRICARE. Ensure detailed receipts are secured to submit reimbursement claims to TRICARE.
(b) Foreign Medical Program (FMP) for VA service connected disabilities adjudicated at 0% to 100% are covered completely for the disabilities listed on the FMP letter.
Q. Does the veteran have to pay for services in advance then reimbursed by the VA?
(a) If the disability is listed on the FMP award letter, the veteran does not have to pay for services or medications. We Care Pharmacy will provide the prescribed medications and bill VA directly.
(b) For any services of non-covered, not service connected, and not listed on the FMP letter, the veteran must pay and will not be reimbursed by VA. If the veteran has TRICARE insurance, then he/she can be reimbursed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: *** In the United States, all veterans are entitled to 100% care at any VA hospital, service connected or not.
OVERSEAS, veterans can only receive medical care and medications ONLY for service connected disabilities rated at 0% to 100%. The VA ID must state “Service Connected” under the picture and the veteran must be registered in FMP. If the veteran is retired, he/she can use TRICARE insurance.