VA Long Beach Healthcare System
Did you ever wonder if VA can pay for travel expenses to and from VA health care facilities, as well as VA authorized non-VA health care facilities?
The short answer is yes, but keep in mind that VA can only reimburse Veterans for travel to the nearest facility that can provide the health care that they need. If a Veteran chooses to go to a facility other than the one closest to his/her home, VA will not pay for the travel expenses unless VA previously determined that another facility is the appropriate place for the Veteran’s health care.
Veterans should check their eligibility first. Veterans qualify for travel reimbursement if:
- he/she has a service-connected (SC) rating of 30 percent or more, or
- he/she is traveling for treatment of a SC condition, or
- he/she receives a VA pension, or his/her income does not exceed the maximum annual VA pension rate, or
- his/her income does not exceed the maximum annual VA pension rate, or
- he/she is traveling for a scheduled compensation or pension
Those who are not eligible for VA travel reimbursement may still qualify for other transportation resources, including the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) transportation network, Veterans Transportation Service (VTS) and other programs. Veterans should call the Patient Business Office at 562-826-5915 to explore their options.
Eligible Veterans may apply for travel reimbursement by completing VA Form 10-3542 and then bringing the completed and signed form to VA Long Beach Travel Office located by the main entrance of Building 126.
VA can reimburse Veterans for three types of travel:
- Mileage for driving a private vehicle. The current mileage reimbursement rate is 41.5 cents per mile subject to appropriate deductibles.
- Common carrier cost. This includes train, bus, taxi, subway, light rail, plane, and other forms of transportation.
- Special mode only when medically determined and documented by a VA clinician. Special mode transportation includes ambulance, ambulette, air ambulance, wheelchair van and other modes that are specially designed to transport certain disabled individuals. Special mode DOES NOT include a privately-owned vehicle with special adaptive equipment and/or capable of transporting disabled persons.
Applications for payment must be submitted within 30 calendar days from the date the travel is completed or the date the applicant is notified he or she is eligible for travel payments if the request is based on a change in eligibility.
For more information, please check the program’s Frequently Asked Questions at https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/BeneTravelFAQ.pdf