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After You Apply for Health Care Benefits

After you apply for VA health care, we’ll send you a letter in the mail to let you know if your application’s been approved.

How long does it take VA to make a decision?

Less than 1 week If more than a week has passed since you gave us your application and you haven’t heard back, please don’t apply again. Call 877-222-8387.

What should I do if I disagree with your decision on my claim?

If your application isn’t approved and you disagree with the decision, you can file an appeal. We’ll send you a letter that explains why we didn’t approve your application. This letter includes directions on how to appeal the decision if you don’t agree with it. Download our “How Do I Appeal?” booklet.