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How Can I Receive VA Medical Care if I Reside or Travel Abroad?

The Foreign Medical Program (FMP) is a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) health care benefits program for Veterans with VA rated service-connected conditions that are residing or traveling abroad. Under FMP, VA assumes payment responsibility for certain necessary health care services associated with the treatment of VA adjudicated service-connected conditions, disabilities associated with and held to be aggravating a service-connected condition, and care for Veterans participating in a rehabilitation program under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 31.

The Foreign Medical Program (FMP) is not part of the Medical Benefits Package. You do not have to be enrolled in the VA health care system to participate.

VA may authorize foreign medical services for Veterans for a VA rated service-connected condition or for a condition that is associated with and aggravating a VA rated service-connected condition. This means that disability percentages have no bearing on determining eligibility for FMP medical services. Additionally, VA may authorize necessary foreign medical services for any condition for a Veteran participating in the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Generally, in order to receive VA benefits and services the Veteran/Service member’s character of discharge or service must be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g., honorable, under than honorable conditions, general). However, individuals receiving undesirable, bad conduct, and other types of dishonorable discharges may qualify for VA benefits depending on a determination made by VA.

How to apply for FMP
Enrolling in FMP is simple. Send your full name, mailing address, address of residence (including country), U.S. Social Security number and VA claim number to:

Chief Business Office Purchased Care
Foreign Medical Program (FMP)
P.O. Box 469061
Denver, CO 80246-9061

They will confirm your service-connected disabilities and send you a benefits authorization letter, which outlines the medical conditions we cover.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A copy of your rating decision that includes the listing and description of all service connected disabilities is required to determine Veteran eligibility. If you do not have a copy of your rating decision, FMP will request one from your servicing VA Regional Office.

Although Veterans who are permanently relocating to a country under the FMP Office’s jurisdiction are encouraged to notify the FMP Office upon establishing a permanent, foreign mailing address, service-connected Veterans who are simply traveling abroad need not bother with notification. However, program information is available upon request.

FMP registration
Pre-registration for eligible Veterans is not necessary. However, Veterans who are permanently relocating to a country under the FMP Office’s jurisdiction are encouraged to notify the FMP Office upon establishing a permanent foreign mailing address (address and telephone number). At that time, arrangements will be made for FMP registration and the mailing of detailed program material. Included in the program material will be an FMP Program Guide which provides detailed information on benefit coverage and limitations, how to select health care providers and claim filing instructions.

Please use the fillable FMP Registration Form, VA Form 10-7959f-1 when registering with FMP. (Fillable PDFs can be completed online, saved, edited and printed)

– See more at: http://www.va.gov/PURCHASEDCARE/programs/veterans/fmp/index.asp

2017-01-30T17:54:44+00:00 July 7th, 2016|VetsFirst Q&A|