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VA Lowers Co-Pays

Veterans now will pay less out of pocket for outpatient medications they get for non-service connected conditions. The amount of the price drop will vary, depending upon the type of medicine and the reason why it is being prescribed. They will apply to veterans without service-connected conditions, or with higher incomes and disability ratings lower than 50 percent who are getting outpatient treatment for a non-service connected condition. The usual exemptions from copayments – for former prisoners of war and catastrophically disabled veterans – remain in effect. The change will take place next Feb. 27. Here are the fees:

* $5 for a 30-day or less supply, for Tier 1 outpatient medication
* $8 for a 30-day or less supply, for Tier 2 outpatient medication
* $11 for a 30-day or less supply, for Tier 3 outpatient medication