Purchase Care Program


The Chief Business Office represents a single accountable authority for development of the administrative processes, policy, regulations, and the directives associated with the delivery of VA health benefit programs. As a principal health benefits administration advisor to the Under Secretary for Health, CBO develops, implements, and supports various aspects of administrative health care issues

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Veterans Health Administration Center, Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies Appropriatons Act, 1997, Public Law 104-204, 38 U.S.C. 1752-1756
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
What follows is not a comprehensive listing of eligibility requirements. For detailed eligibility requirements the USC and CFR's of each program should be consulted. For Veterans generally eligibility is established by evidence of service by DD Form 214 or through the Veterans Benefits Administration. Benefits provided are based on eligibility as established at 8 levels approved by the VHA Deputy Under Secretary for Health. For Non Veteran Beneficiaries eligibility is established by adjudication of the Sponsoring Veteran as Permanently and Totally disabled (P&T) (38 CFR 17.52(a)(1)(iii)) and that the Non Veteran Beneficiary is a dependant of the Veteran by the VBA and is eligible for Chapter 35 Benefits.
Beneficiary Eligibility
As stated above under Applicant Eligibility.
Military Discharge Certificate (DD Form 214), VBA Adjudication of disability rating for Veteran beneficiaries, VBA Adjudication of eligibility for Chapter 35 Benefits for Non Veteran Beneficiaries.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Awards are initiated and authorized from the VA Regional Office processing the benefits claim. All subsequent benefit administration refers to the VARO adjudication of eligibility or to the status of the Veteran or Non Veteran Beneficiary as established by the VBA.
Award Procedure
Veterans initiate benefits eligibility claims through their serving VA Regional Office under the Veterans Benefits Administration. Where there is no disability claim involved the Veterans serving Veterans Administration Medical Center (VHA/VAMC) or Community Based Outreach Clinic (VHA/CBOC) establishes benefits eligibility through the VHA/CBO/Health Eligibility Center. Secondary validation of eligibility is performed for Non Veteran Beneficiary's by the administering Program Office.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. There are no deadlines for award of eligibility. When adjudication of a disability establishes the disability at a date prior to the date of adjudication each program has in place mechanisms to provide retroactive benefits. For programs requiring additional adjudication beyond that of the VBA ~89% of all applications were approved within 30 days in FY09.
From 90 to 120 days. Appeals are available within each program beginning with local formal appeal, a second appeal process is provided by policy and upon adverse determination of a second appeal the final level of appeal is provided through the Board of Veterans Appeals.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Uses generally cover medically necessary health care for eligible recipients. Restrictions are detailed in the underlying authority for each congressionally authorized program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Each program has multiple levels of audits. Audits are conducted at the program level, at the Agency Inspector General level, and annually in accordance with the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-300).
Eligibility records are permanent. Records archive is performed according to VA Handbook 6300.1, Chapter 7. Definitions of Records are outlined in Attachment 1 (VA Handbook 6300.1, Chapter 7). Records Handling procedures are outlined in Attachments 1 (VA Handbook 6300.1 chapters 1-7), 2 (VA Privacy Act System of Records) and 3 (Subchapter B of the NARA portion of the Code of Federal Regulations SS1220-1238). Records Storage procedures are outlined in Attachments 1 (VA Handbook 6300.1 Chapter 6) and 4 (VA Records Control Schedule, section XXXVIII). Vital Records Program procedures are outlined in Attachment 5 (VA Handbook 6300.2). Freedom of Information Act Implementation, Program Management and Request for Information under FOIA are outlined in Attachment 6&7 (VA Handbooks 6300.3 and 6300.4). Managing a Privacy Act System of Records is outlined in Attachments 7&8 (VA Handbook 6300.4 and VA Handbook 6300.5). Release of Veterans and Dependents Personal Information (Names and Addresses) is outlined in Attachment 9 (VA Handbook 6300.6). Computer Matching Programs are outlined in Attachment 10 (VA Handbook 6300.7). Electronic Records Management is outlined in Attachment 11 (VA Handbook 6301). Procedures for the Dissemination of Government Information are outlined in Attachment 12 (VA Handbook 6360.1). Implementation for the Government Information Locator program is outlined in Attachment 13 (VA Handbook 6360.2).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Once eligibility is established the benefit is available for the life of the Veteran Beneficiary. For Non Veteran Beneficiaries where eligibility is based on adjudication as a dependant the benefit is terminated if dependant status is not maintained. The full spectrum of benefits are immediately available upon adjudication of eligibility. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
David Isaacks david.isaacks@va.gov Will Beatty Willard.beatty@va.gov 303-370-5061 VHA CBO Field Office 3773 Cherry Creek North Drive, Ste 910 Denver, CO 80209
Headquarters Office
Michelle Staton,
Department of Veterans Affairs, Chief Business Office (16), 810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420 US
Phone: (303) 370-5061.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16 est $6,304,350,411.00; FY 15$6,647,184,786.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The amount of medical benefits paid for Veterans varies according to the need of the individual. Some eligible's make no claim in a benefit year. Others have claims paid as required. The NonVA Purchase Care Program paid an average of $4051.00 for each of 920,404 unique patients in FY09.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
38 U.S.C. 1703 & 38 CFR 17.52 - 17.56./38 U.S.C. 1728 & 38 CFR 17.120 - 17.132/38 U.S.C. 1725 & 38 CFR 17.1000-.1008/38 U.S.C. 1781/38 U.S.C. 1724, 38 CFR 17.35, and 17.141 Literature available at http://vaww1.va.gov/cbo/ or http://www1.va.gov/cbo/
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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