If your a Purple Heart Recipient it is up to you to inform the VA employee telling you you have to take the Means Test, that you are exempt from the Means Test. Know your rights.
The Veterans' Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act (PL 106-177), commonly referred to as the Millennium Bill, makes a change in eligibility effective November 30, 1999 for veterans awarded the Purple Heart.
This Bill places veterans awarded the Purple Heart in the same Priority Group as former Prisoners of War.
The legislative impact for Purple Heart recipients:
- Are exempt from taking the Means Test effective 11/30/1999
- Are exempt from making the Means Test copayment for care provided on or after 11/30/1999
- May be subject to pharmacy/medication copayments *
- Will be placed in Priority Group 3
* The veteran's medication copayment exemption status will not be affected by Purple Heart status. If a veteran in reciept of a Purple Heart currently makes a copayment for medication the veteran will continue to make the copayment for medications. If a Purple Heart veteran is exempt from the medication copayment for any reason such as Service Connected at 50% or more, receiving medication for a Service Connected condition, low income etc., the veteran will remain exempt from the medication copayment.
VA will be responsible for refunding any Means Test copayments made for medical care provided on or after 11/30/1999.