VA Treatment Centers for Mesothelioma
Unfortunately, the brave men and women who served our country in the military make up about 30 percent of mesothelioma patients. That’s because many veterans were exposed to asbestos while serving on the military, working as boilermen, machinist mates, enginemen, firemen, pipefitters, and in other positions that required them to work with equipment containing asbestos components in tight spaces with little ventilation.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes the many ways veterans may have been exposed to asbestos, which is the only known cause of mesothelioma. And the VA offers health care benefits and special VA Environmental Health Coordinators who can provide help with VA benefits for you or a loved one suffering from mesothelioma.
Choosing Between a VA Medical Center and Private Health Care for Mesothelioma
Many veterans have the option of using their own private health insurance or getting help with VA benefits. There is also an option to use private insurance to supplement VA benefits.
Choosing to use VA benefits for mesothelioma treatment has some advantages, including:
Priority care: The VA outlines eight priority groups for service members based on their disability and income. Priority Group 1 includes veterans who are suffering from service-connected disabilities such as mesothelioma that are 50 percent or more disabling and veterans whom the VA determines are unemployable due to service-connected conditions such as mesothelioma. This priority ranking benefits veterans with mesothelioma who are seeking treatment through the VA system versus those in the private health care field who may have longer wait times for treatment.
Transportation and lodging services: The VA offers a Veterans Transportation Service and a Beneficiary Travel program to provide free transportation to medical appointments. For those veterans who receive a referral from their local VA medical facility to a VA mesothelioma treatment center, the two treatment facilities will work together to coordinate travel and lodging, including flights for a loved one to accompany the patient.
Cost of treatment: As is the case with any type of cancer treatment, mesothelioma treatment can be quite expensive. Many times, mesothelioma patients may be able to receive more affordable treatment through the VA health care system than they could through private health insurance.
If you need help with VA benefits or have general questions about how you should proceed with treatment, contact our VA-accredited claims representative. We can help you sort through your health care options and figure out the best path to treatment.
Finding a VA Medical Center Near You
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has VA health care facilities across the United States, including a dozen VA medical centers throughout New York. You can find a medical center near you by searching the VA health facility database.
The top VA centers for mesothelioma treatment are:
1400 VFW Parkway,
Building 2, Room 115
West Roxbury – MA
11301 Wilshire Blvd.
Building 500, Room 6601
Los Angeles – CA
Remember, you can go to your local VA medical center for a referral to one of these top VA centers that specialize in mesothelioma. Your local VA medical center will help in making travel arrangements and will usually work with the mesothelioma center to ensure the VA covers your costs for travel, treatment and housing.
In addition, the VA offers TeleHealth programs that allow the top mesothelioma specialists from across the country to check up on you virtually to save you from having to travel too much.
Get Help Now
If you are a veteran who was exposed to asbestos or has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us now to consult with a VA-accredited claims representative. We can help you submit your application for VA benefits and ensure you have the best possible chance to get help from a top VA treatment center for mesothelioma.