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My husband is military veteran and has VA health insurance. I am ( at least on the paper) eligible for VA benefits as his family member and have applied for that after we got married ( end of January this year) . So we have waited and waited till today . Today they have informed us that I can’t get anything until I get my SSN. I assume no SSN until work authorization, right ? 

My question : if we get our interview before my work authorization and I will be without this VA health insurance, will

that be a reason for my possible denial ? 

Is it anything I can do and is anyone else here with the same issue? 

Thank you ! 

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13 minutes ago, RedroseMT said:

f we get our interview before my work authorization and I will be without this VA health insurance, will

that be a reason for my possible denial ?

No, health insurance has nothing to do with it. The only consequence of not having insurance is if you get sick, you will have no coverage and it will cost a gazillion dollars. A trip to an Emergency Room will cost several thousand dollars. That's if they finds nothing wrong and send you home. If they put a band-aid on you at the ER, it'll be $10. An aspirin will be $20. A 2-3 days hospital stay can easily cost $20,000. 

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You can buy your own Insurance. Well could have, might be difficult at this stage.


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Posted (edited)

Thank you ! 

Would be great to read experience from people who have been in my shoes. 

I am praying every day not to get sick and I know that being  without health insurance ( especially here ) is a big financial risk . Coming from Scandinavia, have never been in such a situation. 

Would it help at the interview if I add some documentation proving that I am actually eligible for the benefits just waiting for my SSN?

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20 minutes ago, RedroseMT said:

Would it help at the interview if I add some documentation proving that I am actually eligible for the benefits just waiting for my SSN?

I don't recall it being applicable to an adjustment of status interview.........more of a practical issue.  Since a veteran's  family members being covered by the VA is rare, health insurance is especially important....good luck. 


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Just now, missileman said:

I don't recall it being applicable to an adjustment of status interview.........more of a practical issue.  Since a veteran's  family members being covered by the VA is rare, health insurance is especially important....good luck. 

We have asked and they have told as that I am eligible. Yes I know this is important of course and therefore my concern. 

Thank you ! 

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22 minutes ago, RedroseMT said:

We have asked and they have told as that I am eligible. 

Great.  I hope you have that in writing....good luck.


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1 hour ago, WandY said:

Why wait for SSN? You can get it upon arrival to USA. No need to wait for anything. My wife got her SSN within a few days of POE on a K-1.

I didn’t enter on a K1so I need to wait till my work authorization or Green card.

1 hour ago, missileman said:

Great.  I hope you have that in writing....good luck.

Thank you so much! 

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I carry a 10% VA rating and nothing is available to my family members

 

According to the VA the Veteran Spouse would have to be 100% disabled (or dead, likely not the case here):

Family members are a key part of Veterans good health and support network. VA health care coverage is available for family members of certain Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled or died serving our country and in some cases, Veterans with children who have Spina Bifida.

 

https://www.va.gov/health/aca/FamilyMembers.asp

 

Good luck!

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1 hour ago, jskibo said:

I carry a 10% VA rating and nothing is available to my family members

 

According to the VA the Veteran Spouse would have to be 100% disabled (or dead, likely not the case here):

Family members are a key part of Veterans good health and support network. VA health care coverage is available for family members of certain Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled or died serving our country and in some cases, Veterans with children who have Spina Bifida.

 

https://www.va.gov/health/aca/FamilyMembers.asp

 

Good luck!

Thank you! 

My husband is 71 , permanently 100% disabled Vietnam Veteran. 

And thanks for the link .

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