Various Updates and Changes you might need to know in response to COVID-19

StatesideLegal understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a particularly stressful time for those with military experience and their families. With that in mind, this page is here to give you information on resource changes that may affect you and have occurred in response to COVID-19.  We will post information and updates as we become aware of them, including links to sources so you can assess and adapt as necessary.

As always, we wish you and your family well.  Be safe. Be healthy.







Changes in Military and Federal Resources


VA medical, pharmacy copayments cancelled through Sept. 30, 2021

The American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March of 2021 and it's helping veterans is very specific ways.  One big way it's helping is by cancelling copayments for all medical care and pharmacy services provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) from April 6, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. If you paid a copayment for VHA prescriptions or medical care you received after April 6, 2020, you will be refunded.

According the VA, "If you're a Veteran who receives care through VA, here's what this means for you:

  • If you received a patient statement in January 2021 that included copayments for services received on or after April 6, 2020, those charges will be canceled. You should not pay them.
  • If you already paid your copayments for services received on or after April 6, 2020, you will receive a refund. Veterans receiving a refund do not need to do anything at this time. We ask for your patience as we work to cancel copayments and process refunds.
  • If you have unpaid copayments for services received prior to April 6, 2020, your payment is not required or expected to be paid until October 2021. VA will not pursue collection action on charges during this time. Any Veterans who prefers to continue making payments on their balances for services prior to April 6, 2020 may do so."

Please note that you can still receive medical and prescriptions from VHA during this time and there should be no extra delays due to this cancelation in copayments.

Click here for answers to frequently ask questions on how this law affects bills you have received for medical or pharmacy care through the VHA.

Click here for more information on how this law affects veterans' copayments for VHA medical and pharmacy care.