Sending Office: Honorable Julia Brownley
Co-sponsor the CHAMPVA Children’s Care Protection Act
Supported by: Disabled American Veterans, Military Officers Association of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, The Military Coalition, Vietnam Veterans of America, The Retired Enlisted Association
Cosponsors: Cox, Hastings, Norton, Pappas
The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) program allows the VA to share the cost of health care for the dependents and survivors of certain eligible veterans. CHAMPVA provides health care coverage to the spouse
or child of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled for a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died from a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who was at the time of death
rated permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected disability, and the surviving spouse or child of a military member who died in the line of duty.
This program has grown tremendously in recent years. The number of unique CHAMPVA users has grown by 425%, from 61,900 in FY2001 to 325,000 in FY2015, helping thousands of military families gain health care coverage. However, under current law, a child of
a veteran loses eligibility for CHAMPVA at age 18 unless they are students, and at age 23 regardless of other factors.
One of the most popular and widely known benefits of the Affordable Care Act allows kids to stay on their parent’s health insurance until age 26. It is unacceptable that children of those who sacrificed the most for our country do not have the same consumer
protections afforded to other families. My bill would simply bring the CHAMPVA program in line with private insurance and TRICARE, and ensure eligibility until age 26.
We must ensure that children of these American heroes are able to stay on their health insurance. This is a simple matter of fairness that must be corrected. If you have questions or would like to co-sponsor the CHAMPVA Children’s Care Protection Act, please
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