Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Become a Patient
How to Become a Patient at the Cincinnati VA
All interested Veterans or a loved one of a Veteran can call the Cincinnati VA Medical Center eligibility office at 513-475-6499 to find what health care benefits are available to them or for a Veteran loved one.
This call will take 15 minutes with one of the Medical Center’s eligibility specialist.
Make this call today or come directly to the Medical Center eligibility office located on the first floor, behind the Information Desk just a few steps inside the main entrance. A phone call or visit to eligibility could be an experience that changes your life. It is helpful for Veterans will to bring a copy of their DD214, but if you don’t have a copy please still call or come to the Medical Center.
Veterans Eligibility Status for VA Healthcare
• Are a Former Prisoner of War (POW)
• In receipt of the Purple Heart Medal.
• In receipt of the Medal of Honor.
• Have a compensable VA awarded service-connected disability of
10% or more.
• In receipt of a VA Pension.
• Were discharged from the military because of a disability (not preexisting),
early out, or hardship.
• Served in a Theater of Operations for 5 years post discharge.
• Served in the Republic of Vietnam from January 9, 1962 to May 7, 1975.
U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships associated with military service in Vietnam
• Served in the Persian Gulf from August 2, 1990 to November 11, 1998.
• Were stationed or resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between
August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.
• Are found by VA to be Catastrophically Disabled.
• Previous years' household income is below VA's National Income or
• Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty after
October 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period
for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible.
• Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were
called to active duty (other than for training only) by a federal order and
completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active
duty may be eligible for VA health care as well.
• Returning Service Members
Myths & Misconceptions Veterans have about VA Healthcare Eligibility
• Veteran did not need to serve in combat
• Veteran did not need to be injured in combat or during military service
• Veteran can have private health insurance and still use VA Healthcare
• Veteran who feels he/she is taking away benefits from other Veterans
whom need them more
Call or visit the Cincinnati VA today to find out how the VA fits into your personal healthcare portfolio that best’s saves you time, money, and convenience of healthcare today!
If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty (other than for training only) by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health care as well.
Minimum Duty Requirements
Most Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty after October 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible. This minimum duty requirement may not apply to Veterans who were discharged for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, were discharged for a hardship or received an “early out.” Since there are a number of other exceptions to the minimum duty requirements, VA encourages all Veterans to apply in order to determine their enrollment eligibility.
Veterans Health Benefits Handbook
VA produces a personalized “Veterans Health Benefits Handbook” for each Veteran enrolled in the VA health care system. The handbook provides a current and accurate description of VA health care benefits and services. Your handbook will be tailored specifically to you with personal identifying information, and should be safeguarded as you would any other sensitive personal document.
The “Veterans Health Benefits Handbook” includes:
- Eligibility and health care benefits,
- Contact information for your preferred facility,
- Information regarding copayment responsibilities,
- Instructions on how to schedule appointments,
- Guidelines to communicate treatment needs,
- Patient rights,
- Ways to obtain copies of medical records and
- Other important information.
You will receive your personalized handbook via U.S. mail; therefore, you should have a current address on file with VA. Handbooks are mailed based on Priority Group, beginning with Priority Group 1 and ending with Priority Group 8. For more information, go to www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhbh. You may also call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) if you need to update your address or receive more information.
Health Care Benefits Overview
VA publishes the "Health Care Benefits Overview" booklet, which provides general information and frequently asked questions about VA’s medical benefits package available for all enrollees, and other information such as eligibility for enrollment.
The publication is available and can be downloaded at https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/epublications.asp.
We encourage you to refer to it whenever you have questions about your eligibility for specific health care benefits. More information is available at the following resources: