Can the VA cut off prescription drugs if my father hasn't seen a VA doctor in 2 years?
My father qualified for VA benefits as a veteran of the Korean conflict. He has some assets, so he pays the VA co-pay for prescriptions. He's in long-term care with numerous medical problems. When I tried to renew prescriptions recently, I was told I couldn't do so until he saw a VA doctor. Apparently they waived the visit requirement last year, so his prescriptions were written by a local doctor this past year and filled by the VA. I've been told that they cannot waive the Doctor visit requirement again, and if he hasn't been seen by a VA Doctor for 2 years his benefits will be terminated.
The nursing home has a van for transport, but we don't think he can handle the trip to the VA. (He has advanced kidney and heart disease and late stage dementia.) There is an outpatient facility about 1 hour away - that's the closest. So ....
- can the VA doctor visit be waived again?
- can we ask the VA doctor to visit him?
- can we request an ambulance for transport?
I seems strange to me that the VA would cut off medication if you aren't well enough to see the doctor.