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Good News: VA Lowers Most Medication Copayments

There's good news for many Veterans receiving prescriptions from VA. As of February 27, 2017, the regulations for copayments will change. The cost to most Veterans for medications required on an outpatient basis to treat non-service connected conditions will be less.

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Most Veterans will see a $1 to $4 savings per prescription filled. Some Veterans may see a small ($2 to $3) increase for brand name (called "Tier 3") outpatient medications. Additionally, Veterans in priority groups 2 - 6 will see a decrease in their annual copayment cap of $960 go down to $700 a year while Veterans in priority groups 7 and 8, who currently don't have an annual cap, will see a $700 cap per year as well.

Copayments Based On Tiers

Veterans who are currently exempt from copayments will continue to be exempt. Veterans with a large number of outpatient medication copayments will save even more.

VA does not charge Veterans a premium, similar to what health insurance companies expect, so their only out-of-pocket costs will be the copayments.

VA's goal is to reduce out-of-pocket costs and simplify getting prescriptions to Veterans. This will also benefit Veterans in rural communities, where VA medical centers and local pharmacies may not be close to the Veterans home.

 

PTSD Monthly Update

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PTSD in the News

January 2017 Issue

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Managing Stress Reactions after Trauma

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People respond to traumatic events in a number of ways. They may feel concern, anger, fear, or helplessness. These are all typical responses to a traumatic event.

Research shows that people who have been through trauma, loss, or hardship in the past may be even more likely than others to be affected by new, potentially traumatic events.

Self-Care After a Traumatic Event

Learn what to expect following a traumatic event and how to manage stress reactions on our website:

        Coping with Traumatic Stress Reactions: Active ways to cope with traumatic stress, with tips for coping with specific PTSD symptoms.

        Negative Coping and PTSD: Ways of coping with PTSD that cause problems and should be avoided.

        Self-Care After Disasters: Ways to cope when you have been through a disaster.

Self-Help Options

        Mobile App: PTSD Coach. With you when you need it, PTSD Coach is a free iPhone app that can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. Also available for Android.

        PTSD Coach Online. Learn to manage troubling symptoms after trauma (desktop).

        Mindfulness Practice in the Treatment of Traumatic Stress. Discusses changes in your way of life that can help with PTSD.

Professional Help

        Tips on Finding a Therapist.

        What's Stopping You? Overcome Barriers to getting care for PTSD.

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For Providers

Consult with PTSD Experts

PTSD Consultation Program

The PTSD Consultation Program offers free PTSD consultation to any provider who treats Veterans in any setting.

This program is now open to Community Providers.

PTSD Lecture Series

Free continuing education credits for our monthly lecture series:

2/15 at 2 pm ET - Joan Cook, PhD, on Older Adult Trauma Survivors and PTSD

Mark your calendar for the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm ET.

Subscribe to receive monthly emails that include a registration link and instructions for joining the live lectures.

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Research at the Center

Family Adaptation to Deployment

The Center is in the midst of a 5 year project examining how PTSD among Veterans deployed to Iraq impacts family mental health and functioning over time. The study will also see if family support lessens the effect of a Veteran's PTSD on family outcomes.

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PTSD in the News

Study reveals areas of the brain impacted by PTSD. A study published by researchers at Boston University and the National Center for PTSD in the shows disruptions in the communication between brain regions involved in memory may be an important mechanism in PTSD. Read more.*


Be sure to forward this update to others so they can subscribe. We send one update per month to keep you informed of the latest PTSD developments.

Thank you,

The Staff of VAs National Center for PTSD

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