Priority Groups

Priority Group 1

  • Veterans with VA Service-connected disabilities rated 50% or more.
  • Veterans assigned a total disability rating for compensation based on unemployability.

Priority Group 2

Veterans with VA Service-connected disabilities rated 30% or 40%

Priority Group 3

  • Veterans who are former POWs
  • Veterans awarded the Purple Heart Medal
  • Veterans awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Veterans whose discharge was for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty
  • Veterans with Service-connected disabilities rated 10% or 20%
  • Veterans awarded special eligibility classification under Title 38, U.S.C., Section 1151, "benefits for individuals disabled by treatment or vocational rehabilitation

Priority Group 4

  • Veterans receiving increased compensation or pension based on their need for regular Aid and Attendance or by reason of being permanently Housebound.
  • Veterans determined by VA to be catastrophically disabled

Priority Group 5

  • Nonservice-connected Veterans and noncompensable Service-connected Veterans rated 0% whose annual income and/or net worth are not greater than the VA financial threasholds
  • Veterans receiving VA Pension benefits
  • Veterans eligible for Medicaid benefits

Priority Group 6

  • Compensable 0% Service-connected Veterans
  • Veterans exposed to ionizing radiation during atmospheric testing or during the occumpation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Project 112/SHAD participants
  • Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam between January 9, 1963 and May 7, 1975
  • Veterans who served in the Soughwest Asia theater of operations from August 2, 1990 thru November 11, 1998
  • Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998 as follows: Veterans discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003, for five years post discharge

Priority Group 7

Veterans with incomes below the geographic means test (GMT) income thresholds and who agree to pay the applicable copayment

Priority Group 8

  • Veterans with gross household income above the VA national income threashold and the geographically-adjusted income threshold for their resident location and who agrees to pay copays. NOTE: The VA is currently NOT accepting new Priority 8 enrollments
  • Veterans eligible for enrollment: Noncompensable 0% Service-connected and:
  • Subpriority a: Enrolled as of January 16, 2003 and who have remained enrolled since that date and/or placed in this subpriority due to changed eligibility status.
  • Subpriority b: Enrolled on or after June 15, 2009 whose income exceed the current VA national Income Thresholds or VA national Geographic Income thresholds by 10% or less
  • Subpriority c: Enrolled as January 16, 2003 and who remained enrolled since that date and/or placed in this subpriority due to changed eligibility status
  • Subpriority d: Enrolled on or after June 15, 2009 whose income exceeds the current VA national Income Thresholds or VA national Geographic Income Thresholds by 10% or less
  • Veterans NOT eligible for enrollment; Veterans not meeting the criteria above:
  • Subpriority e: Noncompensable 0% Service-connected
  • Subpriority g: Nonservice-connected