BENEFICIARY TRAVEL BENEFITS


Certain veterans are eligible for beneficiary travel benefits through the VA. This includes mileage reimbursement and special mode transportation. In most cases, travel benefits are subject to a deductible. Deductibles do not apply for compensation and pension examinations and for travel by an ambulance or a specially equipped van


Beneficiary Travel Eligibility:

  • 1. Service-connected (SC) rating of 30 percent or more, or
  • 2. Travel is for treatment of a service-connected (SC) condition, or
  • 3. In receipt of a VA pension, or
  • 4. Income does not exceed the maximum annual VA pension rate, or
  • 5. Travel is for a scheduled C&P examination
  • 6. Special Mode Transportation (ambulance, wheelchair van, etc.)
    • a. Medical condition requires an ambulance or a specially equipped van, and
    • b. One of the eligibility criteria (1-4) above is met, and
    • c. The travel is pre-authorized (authorization is not required for emergencies if a delay would be hazardous to life or health
NOTE: OEF/OIF Combat Veterans must meet one of the qualifying eligibilities or conditions noted above.

Mileage Rates (General Travel): $0.415 (41.5 cents per mile)

Note: Scheduled vs. Unscheduled appointments

  • Scheduled appointments qualify for round-trip mileage.
  • Unscheduled visits may be limited to return mileage only.

Deductible: $3.00 one-way ($6.00 round trip)

Note: Deductible cap and waivers

  • Deductible requirement is subject to a monthly cap of $18.00. Upon reaching $18.00 in deductibles, travel payments made for the balance of that particular month will be free of deductible charges.
  • Veterans whose projected income in the year of application will not exceed the applicable VA pension rate may request a waiver from the deductible requirement.

Effective Date of New Rate: January 09, 2009

SOURCE: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/access/Beneficiary_travel.asp

Note: On September 29, 2016 President Obama signed Public Law 114–223 Section 111(b)(1) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(G) A veteran with vision impairment, a veteran with a spinal cord injury or disorder, or a veteran with double or multiple amputations whose travel is in connection with care provided through a special disabilities rehabilitation program of the Department (including programs provided by spinal cord injury centers, blind rehabilitation centers, and prosthetics rehabilitation centers) if such care is provided—

  • on an in-patient basis; or
  • during a period in which the Secretary provides the veteran with temporary lodging at a facility of the Department to make such care more accessible to the veteran.’’

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