Non Service-Connected Conditions

Non Service-Connected Conditions

Non Service-Connected Conditions

If while you are receiving emergency care in a non-VA facility your situation satisfies the following, VA may pay for your emergency treatment:

  • The period of the care cannot be covered by another VA authority
  • On the basis of an average layperson’s knowledge of medicine and health, you had reasons to believe that delay in receiving medical treatment would endanger your life or health
  • The VA or any other federal officials were not available
  • You had been given VA medical care within 24-months prior to receiving non-VA medical treatment
  • You are required to cover the medical expenses associated with the emergency care you received
  • The medical care you received was provided by a facility responsible for providing emergency care to the public or similar facility
  • There is no other health care coverage such as Medicare, worker’s compensation and Medicaid which is available to you
  • There is no contractual or legal source of help from a third party that would enable you to cover the expenses of the emergency care
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