Sidath Viranga Panangala, Specialist in Veterans Policy, Congressional Research Service


The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is primarily a fee-for-service program that provides reimbursement for most medical care for certain eligible dependents and survivors of veterans rated permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected condition. This report provides an overview of CHAMPVA and includes a series of questions and answers about the program. The report will be updated as legislative or programmatic changes warrant.