VA Transplant Services | VA Madison Health Care
Our expertise and long history of success greatly assist veterans with organ failure. Each patient works with one of our certified nurse coordinators, who have special transplant training and know how to organize veteran care. The coordinator works with physicians, surgeons, and other specialty care providers to manage each patient’s specific organ failure needs and guides the veteran through their transplant surgery and beyond. They are always available to answer questions, provide information and support the veteran.
Understanding Your VA Healthcare Transplant Benefits
VA Health Care offers great benefits to US military veterans who need an organ transplant.
Veterans using VA Health Care pay significantly less for their care
- Some veterans have no co-pay for medical care (including prescription costs) and some have a limit on the amount of their co-pay.
- All veterans have a capped drug co-payment at $700/year (if they have a co-payment)
- Co-payments depend on factors such as the veteran’s degree of disability, income level, military service history, and the priority group the veteran is assigned to when enrolling in VA Health Care.
- For more details on copays, visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/copay-rates/
Other Benefits for Veterans Using VA Health Care
- Transportation is free, provided, or mileage reimbursed for travel to/from the Madison VA Transplant Center for transplant-related care
- Lodging is free for the veteran and one support person while the veteran is in Madison for any pre- and post-transplant related care
- These benefits depend on where the Veteran lives and/or where their primary VA is located.
- The VA system shares electronic medical records, giving us direct access to all of the veteran’s medical records, improving timeliness and communication
- Care is managed by an experienced transplant nurse coordinator who aligns care from our clinical experts in transplant medicine, surgery, pharmacy/drugs, social work, nutrition and physiotherapy
Apply for VA health care
The VA will not pay for care unless you are enrolled in VA Health Care. Specific rules apply.
Find out if the veteran is eligible
Direct the veteran to: https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/
or call the Madison VA Eligibility Office: 608-256-1901 x17038
Veteran must be prepared to provide a completed Health Benefits Application (VA Form 10-10EZ, available online)
The application requires:
- The veteran’s last tax return
- Social Security Numbers of Veteran and Qualified Dependents
- Account numbers for any current health insurance the veteran has
Post-transplant veterans can still benefit from VA Health Care
These benefits are useful for veterans who have received their transplant, especially the pharmaceutical benefits. The VA will work with Veterans who request dual care (having a VA PCP and a non-VA PCP) or the Veteran can transfer all of their care to the VA, if they prefer. If the veteran does not transfer all care to the VA, they will need to see a VA PCP at least once a year to use their VA pharmaceutical benefit.
Questions about benefits? Contact Sally Blake, Transplant Social Worker at 608-256-1901 x13487 or [email protected]
For more information on referrals, dual registration or other transplant questions:
VA Transplant Office (all organs): 608-280-7072