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Other Healthcare Options for Vermonters

Vermont is a national leader in state managed healthcare programs.  Veterans and their families may find that the best health care program for them is one not designed specifically for veterans.

Can Veterans Use State Managed Healthcare Programs?

Yes.  Being a veteran gives you more options, not less.  Veterans can use any health care program available to the general population so long as they meet the program's eligibility guidelines. 

What Kind of Healthcare Programs does the State Provide?

Vermont provides a wide range of coverage through its Green Mountain Care program.  They include:

  • Catamount Health provides uninsured Vermonters health insurance at a reasonable cost.
  • Dr. Dynasaur for children under 18 and pregnant women. 
  • Vermont Health Access Plan (VHAP) for Vermonters over 18 who are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare.
  • Medicaid is a health insurance program for low income Vermonters who are 65 years of age or older, legally blind or have a disability, children, pregnant women, and parents of children under 18.  

How Do I Find Out if I'm Eligible?  How Can I Enroll?

You can be screened for all of the programs above by visiting the Green Mountain Care website or giving them a call.

I'm Over 65.  Can I Get Healthcare?

Yes.  Medicare is a federal health insurance program administered by the Social Security Administration. It is for adults over 65, people with disabilities who receive Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, and people with end-stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure).  You can get more information by contacting the Social Security Administration.  You can talk to an advocate by contacting the Area Agency on Aging.