VA Insurance

Lincoln Urgent Care accepts VA insurance and is honored to serve veterans in our facility. As part of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs Mission Act, veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system are able to visit a civilian urgent care provider for free – with no appointment required.

While the program is relatively new, its benefits are unfortunately still widely unknown to a large population of veterans and their families. To better serve our veteran patients and their loved ones, this article goes into greater detail about using VA Insurance at Lincoln Urgent Care. 

 

Qualifications for Using VA Insurance at Urgent Care

As a veteran, when you apply for VA health care, you are assigned to one of eight priority groups. There are several different factors that the VA uses to determine which priority group you should be assigned to. Some of these factors include your disability rank, military service history, and income level. For more information on priority groups click here. You will need to be enrolled in the VA healthcare system to get treated at a civilian urgent care. 

Veterans who are in Priority Groups 1-5, and some veterans in Priority Group 6, can visit an approved civilian urgent care center free of charge up to three times a year. After these three annual visits, each visit thereafter requires a $30 copayment. Veterans in Priority Groups 7 and 8 will need to pay a $30 copayment each time they visit. No payment will be taken at the time of your visit, but instead, the copayments will be billed to you through the VA.

 

Urgent Care Treatment with Veteran’s Insurance

As an approved urgent care provider that is part of the VA’s contracted network in Lincoln, CA, we welcome all veterans with VA insurance who are looking to get urgent care at Lincoln Urgent Care. Before you make an appointment, we recommend verifying that the medical treatment you are seeking is covered under the new VA insurance program. This is to avoid getting billed for the full amount if the treatment you receive is not covered under the new program. 

 

To determine your eligibility for treatment, you can call the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-866-606-8198 or contact your personal VA medical office. 

 

Getting Prescriptions with VA Insurance

If we prescribe you medication during your visit, you are eligible to receive a 14-day supply of medication that is related to your condition, free of charge, without having to fill it at a VA hospital. We recommend getting the prescription filled from us directly or through the VA pharmacy network to avoid paying full price at the drugstore. If you do end up getting the 14-day prescription at the drugstore, you will get reimbursed once you file a claim with the VA. If you need to take any prescriptions for longer than 14 days, you will need to get them through a VA facility.

The VA can share medical records with us, as necessary, to ensure you are getting the proper care and the medicine that you need. 

Get the Urgent Care You Need with VA Insurance in Lincoln, CA

We are proud to have the capacity to expand our network and serve our veteran patients at Lincoln Urgent Care. If you have any urgent care needs in Lincoln, California, we are here to serve you and give you the best possible treatment at affordable rates. We are here when you need us and we are proud to serve the Lincoln Community! 

Lincoln Urgent Care Exterior at Night

More often than not, it seems as if illnesses and injuries arise out of thin air! Your baby suddenly spikes a fever over the weekend. You step off the curb the wrong way and your ankle swells up. Your spouse wakes up in the middle of the night with random bouts of abdominal pain. These instances occur when you least expect them; your doctor’s office is not always open at the time of the incident and ER visits are expensive. You can often be left to wonder “should I use urgent care or the ER?”

Though the answer is not always black and white, and knowing the difference between the two types of facilities will help you make the right decision should the time arise. This blog goes into greater detail about what type of facility is most appropriate for your medical situation.

The Difference Between Urgent Care and Emergency Rooms

The terms “urgent” and “emergency” both imply that there’s a critical medical need, but it can be hard to tell the difference because both of these terms are very similar. However, there are very distinct differences between an urgent care facility and an emergency room.

Urgent care centers are the perfect choice for when you’re experiencing an urgent medical matter such as a high fever or a sprain, but your regular doctor doesn’t have an available appointment, and/or the ER is a far drive. If you come up with a sudden illness and it’s something you would normally talk to your primary doctor about, then urgent care would be an appropriate place to go. 

Emergency rooms are open 24/7 and are equipped for more complex, critical, or life-threatening emergencies such as a stroke or heart attack.

When to go to the Emergency Room

You should go to the ER when you are experiencing medical emergencies that require immediate or advanced treatments such as surgery. If treating your medical event requires equipment that is only available in a hospital setting, go to the ER. These are signs you should choose to visit the ER:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain in any capacity
  • Fainting
  • Serious burns
  • Slurred speech
  • Severe wounds
  • Numbness on one side of your body

Although this is not a complete list of when to go to the ER, it’s best to trust your gut in this situation – and if your gut tells you that it is an emergency, head to the ER right away!

When to go to Urgent Care

Most people don’t realize that there are other options to the ER and end up visiting the ER for minor injuries and illnesses. These minor problems (that are not emergencies) can be treated at an urgent care facility, saving you valuable time and money. 

Lincoln Urgent Care is fully equipped to treat injuries and illnesses such as:

  • Broken bones (we have in-house x-ray technology!)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Wheezing
  • Fevers (no rash)
  • Dehydration
  • Moderate flu-like symptoms
  • Small lacerations that may require stitches
  • Sprains
  • Strains

For a full list of our services, please click here. 

Urgent Care in Lincoln, California

If you need urgent care services in Lincoln, California, look no further than Lincoln Urgent Care. Our mission is to provide high-quality urgent care medicine to our community at an affordable rate. We are family-owned and operated and we take pride in our work and in serving our neighbors. As always, we are here when you need us.