VA’s Foreign Medical Program, Part 2 | VA Health Care | theSITREP

In this episode, theSITREP discusses the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Foreign Medical Program (FMP) with Dirk Rasnic, U.S. Army Veteran and Supervisory Program Analyst with FMP. For additional videos and resources, on this topic and others, please visit the links below.

00:00:00 Introduction
00:00:42 How to enroll in FMP
00:01:44 How FMP works
00:03:29 Emergency care with FMP
00:05:08 Dental care with FMP
00:05:44 Documentation needed for FMP to cover health costs/bills
00:08:31 FMP preauthorization
00:09:21 Elective surgeries with FMP
00:10:48 How are reimbursements calculated with FMP
00:11:35 Where is FMP not available
00:12:43 Do you have to re-enroll in FMP
00:13:23 Does FMP have limitations
00:13:33 Does CHAMPVA work with FMP
00:14:07 Can Veterans get health care at military bases overseas
00:14:36 Can Veterans be removed from FMP
00:15:01 What happens when/if my VA disabilities change
00:15:54 What happens if the health care I need is not available where I am overseas
00:16:36 How do I contact VA about the Foreign Medical Program
00:17:16 Wrap-Up

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