1. Bob VineyardPRO
    Founder, Georgia Medicare Plans, Atlanta,GA
    Treatment at VA (Veterans Administration) facilities can be a crapshoot. I hear good stories and bad so the answer is, it depends.

    If the VA facilities near you are well staffed and not overcrowded, you might "get by" with VA alone.

    Medicare Part A and B give you more options besides just VA facilities. Some VA pharmacies may not have the medications you need in stock and it may take weeks to receive your meds.

    Having Medicare Part D (drug plan) allows you to purchase your Rx via mail order or at a local pharmacy.

    Medicare Part A and B, along with a good Medicare supplement plan expands your options and may provide shorter wait times for care.
    Answered on March 13, 2013
  2. Steve Adlman
    Owner, Ala Medicare Plans, Birmingham, Alabama
    I would advise enrolling in both Medicare Part A and B even though you get your medical care through the VA. If you want to get care outside of the VA you will need to have Medicare A & B. Depending on what is going on with your health it may be important to get medical care from a doctor or hospital that is not part of the VA system. I have clients that have a Medicare Supplement with me so they can utilize doctors and hospitals outside of the VA but they still use VA doctors for some of their health care needs.
    Answered on September 23, 2015
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