Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA)
The Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies.
CHAMPVA is different than the Department of Defense (DoD) TRICARE program (formerly called CHAMPUS). CHAMPVA is a VA program, whereas TRICARE is a regionally managed health care program for active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors. Veterans may look to be eligible for both programs.
Military retirees, or the spouse of a service member who was killed in action, will always be eligible for TRICARE, but ineligible for CHAMPVA.
For more information on the CHAMPVA program, including eligibility and how to apply, visit the CHAMPVA program website: http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/champva.asp