How to File a Claim
General Claim Filing Instructions
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Your name must be listed on the claim form exactly as it is on the CHAMPVA Authorization Card.
Your Social Security number must be on the claim. DO NOT USE the qualifying veteran’s Social Security number.
If you have other health insurance (OHI), include a copy of the OHI explanation of benefits.
After billing your other health insurance, you can file with CHAMPVA for the remaining balance.
Keep copies of all receipts, invoices, etc.
Separate claim forms are required for each patient/beneficiary.
If you fail to complete the VA Form 10-7959a, payment will be made directly to the health care provider instead of to you.
For inpatient hospitalizations, payment will always be made to the hospital whether or not you submit the billing.
Claims Submitted by the Beneficiary/Provider must include the following:
CHAMPVA Claim Form, VA Form 10-7959a, (beneficiaries only)
Itemized billing statement(s) are required. These can be submitted on a standardized paper form (HCFA-1500, CMS-1500, UB-92, or UB-04). The following information must be provided on the forms:
Full name, address, and tax identification number of the provider
Address where payment is to be sent
Address where services were provided
Provider professional status (doctor, nurse, physician assistant, etc.)
Specific date of each service provided. Date ranges are acceptable only when they match the number of services/units of services
Itemized charges for each service
Appropriate medical code (ICD-9, CPT, HCPCS) for each service
If other health insurance was billed, a copy of their explanation of benefits detailing what they paid is required. Sometimes the definition or explanation of codes is on the reverse side of their explanation of benefits form. Please include a copy of that information as well.
Most pharmacies submit claims to CHAMPVA electronically. The following information is required for pharmacy claims regardless of whether submitted electronically or on paper and regardless of whether submitted by the pharmacy or by you.
An invoice/billing statement that includes:
Name, address, and phone number of the pharmacy
Name of prescribing physician
Name, strength, and quantity for each drug
Eleven (11) digit National Drug Code for each drug
Charge for each drug
Co-payment for each drug
Date prescription was filled
Note: Ask your pharmacist to provide you with a signed printout showing all of the necessary information.
Where to Mail Claims
Mail claims to:
VA Health Administration Center
PO Box 469064
Denver, CO 80246-9064
How to Get Additional Claim Forms
Additional claim forms can be requested at any time (including evenings and weekends) by calling us at 1-800-733-8387 and selecting the claim form option from our voice-mail menu. You can also contact us via the Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS). IRIS is a tool that allows us to communicate in a secure format and will be used instead of our traditional email links. For specific guidance when using IRIS for your inquiry click here.