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Health Care Application Process

Once you’ve figured out if you qualify, applying for VA health care benefits is easy. Find out how to apply.

Prepare

  • If you haven’t done so already, check to see if you qualify. Check your eligibility.
  • Gather the documents listed below that you’ll need to fill out the application for VA health care benefits (Form 10-10EZ).

What documents and information do I need to apply?

  • Your most recent tax return
  • Social Security numbers for yourself and your qualified dependents
  • Account numbers for any current health insurance you already have (like Medicare, private insurance, or insurance from your employer)

What if I need help filling out my application forms?

Call our toll-free hotline at 877-222-VETS (877-222-8387), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Get help from an accredited representative (a trained professional trusted to help with VA-related claims). Request a representative.

Or, find your state’s Veterans agency.


Ready to apply?

You can start your online application right now.

Apply for Benefits

Are you a caregiver of a post-9/11 Veteran or Servicemember?

You may qualify for VA health care and other benefits. View the Application for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (VA Form 10-10CG).

Download Form 10-10CG.


Other ways to apply

By phone

Call the Vets.gov Help Desk at 855-574-7286, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (ET) to get help with your application.

By mail

Download VA Form 10-10EZ.

Print the form, fill it out, and send it to this address:

Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Rd., Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30329
In person

Go to your nearest VA medical center or clinic. Bring the 10-10EZ with you.
Find a VA medical center or clinic near you.
Download the 10-10EZ


What happens after I apply?

Find out what to expect after you send in your application.

If you’ve also applied for a VA pension or disability benefits, you can check the status of those claims online. Check the status of your claim.


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.

How do I update my information if I’m already signed up?

To update your personal, insurance, or financial information from an earlier application, fill out a 10-10EZR. Download the 10-10EZR.


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