VA Northern California Health Care System
VA billing to resume Jan 2021
Suspension of Veteran VA medical care debts during COVID-19 scheduled to end in December
Veterans should be aware and plan accordingly that the current suspension of VA collection actions and extension of terms of previous repayment agreements is scheduled to end December 31, 2020.
VA stopped sending monthly billing statements for medical care debt starting April 6, 2020. This change followed the President’s April 2 announcement that was part of the nation's relief response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, all actions on debts owed to VA in the form of copayments under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Treasury were suspended.
With the conclusion of the mandated deferral, VA plans to begin billing Veterans in January 2021 for those postponed copays.
In January, Veterans should receive a patient statement that includes new copay charges for any care or prescriptions from April 6, 2020, through December 31, 2020, and any unpaid copays from before April 2020.
Veterans are not required to make payments until after December, but they can make them now if they want.
Veterans are encouraged to submit payments at www.pay.gov. Below are all the ways to make payments:
By phone: 888.827.4817
By mail: Department of Veterans Affairs, PO Box 3978, Portland, OR 97208-3978
In Person: Mather VA Medical Center: Lobby of Bldg 650, Room 1A040
A site to reference for Veteran co-pays: https://www.va.gov/health-care/pay-copay-bill/