Become a Patient - VA Black Hills Health Care System
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VA Black Hills Health Care System

 

Become a Patient

Welcome to the VA Black Hills Veterans QuickPage.

  • You can determine your eligibility and apply by completing the Application for Health Care, Form 10-10EZ
  • If you would prefer, you may print Form 10-10EZ to mail or return to our facility.
  • If you would prefer to speak to a VA Black Hills Health Care System Patient Representative, please call:
Fort Meade:
1-800-743-1070
ext. 7101 or 7104
 Hot Springs:
1-800-764-5370
ext. 2043 or 2095

The Patient Care Representatives are available during our normal business hours.         

Veteran Orientation Program

For new patients we offer a Veteran Orientation Program.  This short program will help you understand how to access health care, easily navigate VA systems, and enjoy all the benefits you are elibigle to recieve. This is a great way to get started in VA!  Classes are scheduled from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on the third Thursday of the month at rotating locations.  You choose the date and time that work for you. Registration is not required. 

September 19, 2019 in Building 53, Room 102 at Hot Springs
October 17, 2019 in Building 145, Room 108 at Fort Meade
November 21, 2019 in Room 133 at the Rapid City CBOC
December 19, 2019 in Building 53, Room 102 at Hot Springs

Looking for additional VA information? Your County/Tribal Veteran Service Officer* is a great resource of information regarding VA Benefits and Services.

*PLEASE NOTE: The link for VSO will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of linked pages. Pages will open in a new window.


Basic Eligibility

If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty (other than for training only) by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health care as well.

Minimum Duty Requirements

Most Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty after October 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible. This minimum duty requirement may not apply to Veterans who were discharged for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, were discharged for a hardship or received an “early out.” Since there are a number of other exceptions to the minimum duty requirements, VA encourages all Veterans to apply in order to determine their enrollment eligibility.

Veterans Health Benefits Handbook

VA produces a personalized “Veterans Health Benefits Handbook” for each Veteran enrolled in the VA health care system. The handbook provides a current and accurate description of VA health care benefits and services. Your handbook will be tailored specifically to you with personal identifying information, and should be safeguarded as you would any other sensitive personal document.

The “Veterans Health Benefits Handbook” includes:

  • Eligibility and health care benefits,
  • Contact information for your preferred facility,
  • Information regarding copayment responsibilities,
  • Instructions on how to schedule appointments,
  • Guidelines to communicate treatment needs,
  • Patient rights,
  • Ways to obtain copies of medical records and
  • Other important information.

You will receive your personalized handbook via U.S. mail; therefore, you should have a current address on file with VA. Handbooks are mailed based on Priority Group, beginning with Priority Group 1 and ending with Priority Group 8. For more information, go to www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhbh. You may also call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) if you need to update your address or receive more information.

Health Care Benefits Overview

VA publishes the "Health Care Benefits Overview" booklet, which provides general information and frequently asked questions about VA’s medical benefits package available for all enrollees, and other information such as eligibility for enrollment.

The publication is available and can be downloaded at https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/epublications.asp.

We encourage you to refer to it whenever you have questions about your eligibility for specific health care benefits. More information is available at the following resources:

Contact

Fort Meade Eligibility
800-746-1070 Ext. 7101 or 7104

Hot Springs Eligibility
800-764-5370 Ext. 2043 or 2095

Health Benefits Guide
VA Health Care: Apply Now
Affordable Care Act