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Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
If you are a Minnesota Resident honorably discharged veteran and you or your family needs dental or optical care, you may qualify for assistance from the State of Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.  An applicant’s income and assets, determine eligibility, as determined by the Schedule of Maximum Monthly Allowances located on the back of this form.
Dental Program
The Dental Program provides basic dental care to eligible veterans and their dependents.  The total dental benefit amount is limited to one course of treatment per year, not to exceed $1000 per person per year.  Reimbursement is made by the Dental Provider billing the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs after all other dental insurance coverage has been billed and received.  Authorization is good for only 150 days and no extensions for future dental coverage will be given.
*Dental providers may bill up to the $1000 limit.  Any charges or costs for procedures more than the $1000 are borne by the applicant.
Optical Program
The Optical Program provides basic optical care, such as eye examinations and prescription eyewear.  The total program benefit is limited to $400 once every year.  Authorization is good for only 150 days and no extensions for future optical coverage will be given.
*Any costs beyond those allowed by the program are borne by the applicant.
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Schedule of Maximum Monthly Allowances
Effective July 1, 2015

Family Size      1     2      3      4      5      6      7       8      9     10
Asset Limit     3000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000 5000
Income Limit 1789 2121 2304 2487 2671 2854 3037 3220 3403 3586
Persons receiving Improved Pension Benefits at the House Bound Rate or lower AND whose assets do not exceed the limits provided above are eligible to receive optical and dental benefits.
Dental Treatment:  $1000 maximum per person per year.
Dentures:  $1000 for extractions to prepare for dentures; and $1500 for dentures (these are a one time only benefit, even if the maximum amounts are not reached; if monies are not spent from the Dental Treatment Award, left over monies may be applied toward the Extractions and/or Dentures)
Optical Care:  Maximum of $400 for eye exam and/or prescription eyewear, once every year.

How to apply for this program and information needed:
Contact your County Veterans Service Officer!
  • Fill out Application MNDVA-1
  • Fill out (2) Release of Information Forms
  • Provide a Copy of Veterans DD 214
  • Choose a Dental/Optical Care Provider
  • Copy of MN Drivers License of Valid MN ID Card
  • Provide all Bank Account Numbers and 2 Month Statements

Selected Reserve and National Guard
By law, if you are an active member of the Selected Reserve or National Guard, your VA compensation will be withheld at the rate of one day of pay for each drill period served. Also, VA compensation is not payable           while serving full-time on active duty.

See Concurrent Benefit and Elections, 38 CFR §3.700 from (Benefits #12)

Combat Veterans Eligibility for VA Health Care Benefits has been Extended!

Under previous eligibility rules, combat veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998 were eligible to be enrolled in Priority Group 6 and receive cost-free health care for two years after discharge for conditions potentially related to combat service.
The law has changed to extend eligibility for VA health care for eligible combat veterans! On January 28, 2008, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) became law. This new law extends health care eligibility for combat veterans as follows:

Currently enrolled veterans and new enrollees who were discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003 are eligible for the enhanced benefits, for 5 years post discharge.
Veterans discharged from active duty before January 28, 2003, who apply for enrollment on or after January 28, 2008, are eligible for the enhanced benefit until January 27, 2011.

Will VA provide hearing aids and eyeglasses?

Eyeglasses and hearing aids may be provided to the following veterans when certain conditions apply:
(a) Those with any compensable service-connected disability
(b) Those who are former prisoners-of-war (POWs)
(c) Those in receipt of benefits under Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1151
(d) Those in receipt of an increased pension based on being permanently housebound and in need of regular aid and attendance and and
(e) Those with the following conditions:
  1. Those who have visual or hearing impairment resulting from the existence of another medical condition for which the veteran is receiving Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care, or which resulted from treatment of that medical condition.
  2. Those with significant functional or cognitive impairment evidenced by deficiencies in the ability to perform activities of daily living, but not including routinely occurring visual or hearing impairments            
  3. Those who are so severely visually- or hearing-impaired that the provision of sensori-neural aids is necessary to permit active participation in their own medical treatment.
  4. Those rated 0 percent for hearing loss, based on the criteria outlined in 38 CFR.17.149(c).
Replacements of hearing aids and eyeglasses may be covered when the device becomes ineffective, irreparable or lost due to circumstances beyond the control of the beneficiary. Hearing aids and eyeglasses will not be replaced because of availability of newer technology, unless there is evidence that it will significantly benefit the veteran.  NOTE: Hearing aids and eyeglasses should not be replaced solely for cosmetic purposes.
(a) For eyeglasses, replacement will be at any time due to required refractive change of prescription to improve one line of acuity.
(b) For hearing aids, replacement will be due to a change in hearing loss combined with the age of the hearing aid.
NOTE: Generally, hearing aids are expected to have a life span of 4 years.
(c) Issuing spares, if necessary, but only as determined by the audiologist or eye care specialist. Spare hearing aids and eyeglasses             will not be routinely issued.
NOTE: Two pairs of single vision eyeglasses, one for reading and one for distance, will be provided in cases where bifocal lenses are contraindicated.
Please contact the VA medical facility where you obtain medical treatment to determine if you are eligible for this coverage.

Frequent Misperception:
Question: If I sign up for care @ the clinic, aren't taking away care from another Veteran who needs it more?
Answer: No, the number of staff at rural VA clinics is related to the number of Veterans signed up for care. The more Vets who sign up for care will result in more staff and thereby           help your fellow Vet by ensuring these clinics are fully staffed.
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