OIF/OEF veterans are eligible for medical coverage through the VA for 5 years after separation from the military. This coverage allows student veterans at Tufts to waive the medical insurance fee but not the mandatory student health care fee. It is important to note that VA coverage is not medical coverage even though it meets the minimum requirement necessary to waive the Tufts Medical Insurance plan. To waive the Tufts Insurance Plan using VA medical coverage you must follow these steps:
- Register with a Boston area VA. These are located at Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Bedford or the Brockton Campus: This can be completed in person or online: https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/
. Tufts Veterans have used the Jamaica Plain office with great success.
Note: Online takes up to 10 days whereas in person can be done in an hour.
For information and locations of VA medical centers click here.
- Obtain a letter from the local VA stating you have coverage.VA Letter POC:
Jamaica Plain- Helen Sanders-Dotson: 857-364-6780
Bedford- Elizabeth Price: 781-687-3067
- Take letter to Tufts University Health Services
They are located at:124 Professors Row, Medford, MA 02155
The current Point of Contact at Tufts Health Services is:
Mary Daley: 617-627-3350
Disclaimer: It is important for the student vet to decide if the VA medical coverage is sufficient. If you plan to travel abroad, you will likely not be covered under the VA medical plan.
For those vets currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves, there is a medical insurance plan for approximately $54/month.
Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Tufts Health Insurance plan to make an educated decision.