On March 11, 2021, the new COVID relief bill was signed into law.
Contained inside the bill is language that states the Department of Veteran Affairs must waive all copayments veterans would otherwise be required to pay for medical care through the agency.
Last year there was a temporary halt put on collecting copayments, but the idea was that veterans would have to pay it back eventually.
The new legislation has changed that, and veterans will now get permanent reprieve from those copayments through September 2021.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, includes language that requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to write off all copayments veterans must pay for medical care provided by the agency.
According to the law, all copayments for medical care provided to veterans through the VA from April 6, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021, will be waived. The law will write off up to $1 billion in veterans’ medical debt.Military.com
So what happens if you already paid the VA for copayments from April 6, 2020, to September 30, 2021?
You can expect to receive a refund.
Any payments veterans made to the VA in the last 11 months for covered care will be reimbursed soon.
The decision to write off VA copayments will hopefully provide veterans with some relief during the pandemic.
You can get more information on the relief bill, known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, here.