VA Transplant Services | VA Madison Health Care
Our expertise and long track record of success greatly help veterans with organ failure. Each patient works with one of our certified care coordinators who have specialized training in transplants and know how to organize the veteran’s care. The coordinator works with physicians, surgeons, and other specialized care providers to address each organ failure patient’s specific needs and guides the veteran through their transplant surgery and beyond. They are always available to answer questions, provide reconnaissance, and support the veteran.
Understand the benefits of your VA health transplant
VA Health Care has very good benefits for US military veterans who need an organ transplant.
Veterans who use VA Health Care pay much less for their care
- Some veterans have no medical co-payments (including prescription costs) and some have a cap on the amount of co-payments
- All veterans have caps on medication co-payments at $700/year (if you have a co-payment)
- Co-payments depend on things like the veteran’s disability rating, income level, military service record, and which of the VA’s 8 priority groups the veteran is assigned to upon enrollment in VA Health Care
- For more details on copays, see https://www.va.gov/health-care/copay-rates/
Additional benefits for veterans using VA Health Care
- Transportation to/from the Madison VA Transplant Center for transplant-related care is free provided or mileage is reimbursed
- Lodging is free for the veteran and one companion while the veteran is in Madison to provide pre- and post-transplant care
- These benefits depend on where the veteran lives and/or where their primary VA is located
- The VA system shares electronic medical records and gives us direct access to all of the veteran’s medical records, improving timeliness and communication
- Care is directed by an experienced transplant nurse coordinator who coordinates care from our clinical experts in transplant medicine, surgery, pharmacy/medication, social work, nutrition and physical therapy
Application for VA Health Care
The VA does not pay for care unless you are enrolled with VA Health Care. Special rules apply.
Learn if the veteran is eligible
Guide the Veteran: https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/
or call the Madison VA Entitlement Office: 608-256-1901 x17038
The veteran should be prepared to submit a completed Health Benefits Application (VA Form 10-10EZ, which can be found online).
The application requires:
- The veteran’s most recent tax return
- Social Security numbers for the veteran and their qualified dependents
- Account numbers for all of the veteran’s current health plans
Post-transplant veterans can continue to benefit from VA Health Care
These perks are helpful for veterans who have received their transplant, especially the pharmacy perks. The VA works with veterans who request dual care (with a VA PCP and a non-VA PCP), or the veteran may transfer all of their care to the VA if preferred. If the veteran does not turn all care over to the VA, they must visit a VA PCP at least once a year to use their VA pharmacy benefit.
Questions about services? Contact Sally Blake, transplant social worker at 608-256-1901 x13487 or [email protected]
For information on referrals, double-listing, or other transplant-related questions:
VA Transplantation Office (all organs): 608-280-7072