Re: Medicare and Veterans
DS4, I copied the following from the Medicare publication "Who Pays First" page 19.
Medicare and Veterans’ Benefits
If you have or can get both Medicare and Veterans’ benefits, you can get treatment under either program. When you get health care, you must choose which benefits to use each time you see a doctor or get health care. Medicare can’t pay for the same service that was covered by Veterans’ benefits, and your Veterans’ benefits can’t pay for the same service that was covered by Medicare.
Note:To get the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay for services, you must go to a VA facility or have the VA authorize services in a non-VA facility.
Are there any situations when both Medicare and the VA may pay?
Yes. If the VA authorizes services in a non-VA hospital, but doesn’t pay for all of the services you get during your hospital stay, then Medicare may pay for the Medicare-covered part of the services the VA doesn’t pay for.
To me this is saying that you can either use VA benefits or Medicare but not both except as noted.