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VA begins issuing new Veteran Health Identification Cards
Newly Designed – More SecureFebruary 20, 2013
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun issuing a newly redesigned, more secure Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) to replace the Veteran Identification Card (VIC).
The new cards are distinguished by additional security features that better protect the Veteran’s personal information and have a different look and feel. In addition to being more secure, the card offers enhanced features that transform it into a health identification card. Similar to a typical health insurance card, the VHIC displays the Veteran’s Member ID, a new, unique identifier, as well as a Plan ID that reflects the Veteran’s enrollment in VA health care.
VA has begun producing the VHIC for newly enrolled Veterans. In Early April, VA will begin its effort to automatically issue the more secure VHIC to each VIC card holder.
The VHIC replaces the less secure VIC, which was implemented in 2004. VA recommends Veterans safeguard their VIC as they would a credit card, and cut up or shred the card once it is replaced.
Enrolled Veterans can get more information by visiting their VA medical facility enrollment coordinator or the website www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic.
Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply for enrollment at any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility.