From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals.
Learn about research on past chemical contamination.
Veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between Jan. 1, 1957 and Dec. 31, 1987 may be eligible for medical care for 15 health conditions:
Read the law signed Aug. 6, 2012. (216 KB, PDF)
On Sept. 24, 2014, VA published regulations for Veteran health care and interim final regulations for family member care. Since the law was passed, VA has been enrolling and providing health care to Veterans. Family members can begin to apply for out-of-pocket cost reimbursement on Oct. 24, 2014.
If you're already enrolled in VA health care, contact your local VA health care facility to receive care.
Not yet enrolled? Apply online or call 1-877-222-8387 for help.
VA will be able to reimburse you for eligible out-of-pocket expenses for the 15 covered conditions starting Oct. 24, 2014. We can only pay for claims after you have received payment from all your other health plans.
You will be able to continue to receive health care from your providers. VA won't be providing you direct health care.
What you can do now if you have one of the covered conditions:
Hold on to your documents and receipts. You'll be able to submit these starting Oct. 24, 2014.
Don't cancel your health insurance. This program only covers the 15 health conditions listed above. It doesn't meet the minimum standard for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The Aug. 6, 2012 law applies to health care, not disability compensation. At this time, there is insufficient scientific and clinical evidence to establish a presumptive association between service at Camp Lejeune during the period of water contamination and the development of certain diseases.
Veterans may file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe are related to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. VA decides these claims on a case-by-case basis.
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