The Department of Veterans Affairs will soon waive all medical copayments for Native American and Alaskan Native Veterans. The waiver of these copayments comes as VA implements a Congressional mandate to drop medical copays for qualifying Veterans.

VA published an interim rule on January 12, 2023 announcing their intention in the Federal Register. In the 30 days following the publishing of the interim rule, the topic will be open for public comment prior to the rule being made permanent after said public comment has been provided and reviewed. The new rule will drop medical copays for Veterans with “known tribal affiliations.” The law will also be backdated to January 5, 2022, but at this time it is unknown as to when or how Veterans may go about applying for reimbursement for any copays they paid for the period of January 5, 2022 to January 12, 2023.