Federal Health Resources
VA San Diego Healthcare System
To make, change, or cancel an appointment, call (858) 552-7475 or (800) 331-8387
PO BOX 469063
Denver, CO 80246-9063
The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. Due to the similarity between CHAMPVA and the Department of Defense (DoD) TRICARE program (sometimes referred to by its old name, CHAMPUS) the two are often mistaken for each other. CHAMPVA is a Department of Veterans Affairs program whereas TRICARE is a regionally managed health care program for active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors. In some cases a veterans may look to be eligible for both/either program on paper. However, if you are a military retiree, or the spouse of a veteran who was killed in action, you are and will always be a TRICARE beneficiary, you can´t choose between the two.
My HealtheVet is the VA’s health website, which offers Veterans, active duty soldiers, their dependents and caregivers anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services. My HealtheVet is a free, online Personal Health Record that empowers Veterans to become informed partners in their health care. With My HealtheVet, Americas Veterans can access trusted, secure, and current health and benefits information as well as record and store important health and military history information at their convenience. By registering and using My HealtheVet one can access: Nine (9) Healthy Living Centers, Disease + Conditions Centers, Mental Health Information, Trusted Health/Medical Information. Information on VA Benefits & Services, Local VA Events & Activities, Personal Health Journals, Vitals Tracking & Graphing, Military Health History, and Activity/Food Journals.
Non-VA Emergency Service Bills
If you were taken emergently to another hospital and are now receiving bills from that hospital or from associated providers (e.g., ambulance, doctors, lab, x-ray), do the following:
- Call the hospital and/or providers and request they mail an Insurance Claim Form (HCFA 1500 or UB04) to:
San Diego VA Medical Center
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
- For each hospital admission, request they send a copy of the following to the VA:
- Emergency Room Report.
- History and Physical.
- Discharge Summary.
- For an Emergency Room visit only, request they send only a copy of the:
- Emergency Room Report.
- For further questions, call Fee Basis at 858-657-1313.
On-line tool that can help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage. Called for by the Affordable Care Act, HealthCare.gov provides consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool.
State Health Resources
P.O. Box 997417, MS 4607
Sacramento, CA 95899-7417
Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. This is a public health insurance program which provides needed health
care services for low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low income people with specific diseases such as tuberculosis, breast cancer or HIV/AIDS. Medi-Cal is financed equally by the State and federal government and administered by the County Social Services Agencies. Click here for information on how to apply for Medi-Cal benefits: dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/ApplyforMedi-Cal.aspx
Veterans Benefit Enhancement Project
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) veterans’ enhancement project helps veterans who are receiving Medi-Cal services obtain veteran benefits they are entitled to. If you are a veteran and receiving Medi-Cal services, you and your family may also qualify for federal benefits such as: Pensions or Compensation, Medical coverage, Prescription drugs, Medical devices and Family Benefits.
Medi-Cal Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women
The PE for pregnant women program is designed for low-income California residents who believe they are pregnant and
who do not have health insurance or Medi-Cal coverage for prenatal care.
County Local Health Resources
Mental Health Services
San Diego County Adult/Older Adult Mental Health (A/OAMHS) offers a wide variety of treatment, rehabilitation and recovery services to help people who are experiencing persistent and severe mental illness or a mental health crisis. Services are provided through direct, County-operated services and through contracts with organizational providers and individual fee-for-service providers. Services offered by Mental Health Services – Adult and Older Adult include:
- Adult Emergency and Crisis Mental Health Services,
- Case Management
- Hospital Services
- Information and Referral
- Network of Care – A/OAMHS
- Outpatient Mental Health Centers
- Suicide Intervention
San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Access and Crisis Line
24/7 Toll Free Hotline: 800-479-3339
Provides mental health crisis intervention and information and referral to mental health services in San Diego County,
including referrals to mental health care professionals who accept Medi-Cal and those who do not have health
Healthy Works is the local Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program, a $16 million grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to address the obesity epidemic, viewed as a nationwide public health emergency. Administered by the County of San Diego, Healthy Works partners the County with numerous community, governmental and educational organizations to establish environmental and systems strategies designed to improve health and wellness.
Courage to Call
9445 Farnham Street
San Diego, CA 92123
Courage to Call provides around-the-clock supportive guidance, information and referral services to veterans, active
duty military, reservists, National Guardsmen and their families.
Non-Profit Health Resources
Semper Fi Fund
Wounded Warrior Center Building H49
Camp Pendleton, California 92055
The Semper Fi Fund offers counseling and transitioning assistance to returning service members or veterans of OIF/OEF who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital
7850 Vista Hill Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
The Veterans Engaging in Supportive Treatment (VEST) program provides a safe and supportive environment for military veterans who participated in conflicts such as Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Evidence-based practices are used to provide comprehensive treatment for post-traumatic stress and substance abuse, and the impacts of these conditions on individuals and families.
The confidential VEST program provides specialized care for veterans and features:
- Individual, group and family sessions, which address the impact of combat stress and unhealthy coping skills
- Tools to help individuals manage their symptoms and foster relationships
- Staffing by caregivers familiar with military culture and the challenges of combat deployment
- A program that engages family members as part of the veteran’s care team
- A spousal support program that provides the tools necessary for military spouses to cope with the stress, loneliness
and/or adjustment that can occur when a loved one deploys