Obtaining health insurance for military personnel is usually limited, even if they receive military pay. Coverage can be obtained through the local provider that you currently work with, or through the Veteran’s Administration health system.
You may also be able to find a good deal by going through various employers you know or being a broker for the person you know who has connections in the field. Navy personnel have the same requirements that others do. The Navy Medical Assignment Screening Form contains the basic requirements, such as being at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a registered nurse.
If you meet all these criteria, your application will be considered by the Medical Assignment Assistance Program. This program is available to qualified candidates in any branch of the military.
Those who require the assistance will be referred to other qualified people who have need of this help. You can request help through online counseling from VA providers or search for individuals on the VHA website. These two options are free, but you must fill out the application online, which can take a few hours, depending on how many questions you answer, how much time you want to spend filling out the forms, and what questions you get answered.
Most of the process is confidential, but in some cases, word gets out that you require the service and you may be contacted by people outside the program. Being a conscientious applicant, you will fill out the application exactly as instructed, including the necessary questions about employment history, education, and financial status.
Your medical-assignment assistance counselor will ask you to provide information about where you live and your specific tasks in the Navy. This information is necessary to determine how much help you need. They will also ask you for medical histories for yourself and for any family members, and that is very important because the counseling can take some time.
The counselor will interview you and try to reach you by mail, phone, or email. It is their job to find out if you are a candidate, and they will even try to contact the employer that you work for. By providing this information, the counselor will know if there is a conflict of interest when they are seeking you out to help.
When they are able to reach you, they will start the entire process by answering your questions. This will take several weeks, sometimes even a month, before you are contacted by an officer in the Navy. In most cases, you will get a call from someone at the VHA within a day or two, and this is not a surprise visit because you were contacted through your screening form.
You will be required to answer questions regarding the types of jobs you would like to perform, such as what kind of data you want, what experience you have, and whether you are interested in becoming a part of the enlisted Navy or an officer. You will have to provide a list of all medical conditions, whether they are active or not, and your personal information, including family history, including diagnoses.
Once you are in the Navy Medical Assignment Assistance Program, your counselor will begin scheduling appointments to interview you for a position in the military. This will take a few months and a lot of interviews, so you should have plenty of time to prepare.
You can expect a few interviews for positions, which are of equal importance and merit. While you are still working toward obtaining your desired position, you will also be able to gain insight into the corps that you will be working with and where you may be able to advance. Once you have had a few interviews, you will be contacted for an in-person interview, and then another one or two interviews depending on what is going on in your case.