Must I Take Health Insurance If I Already Have The VA?

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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I was just wondering if I have to take the medical insurance with Swift or can I keep my VA? I also have Tri-West (part of the VA), which allows you to use civilian doctors and such.

I thought I would save as much as possible if I can.

Well, less than 24 hours now before I head down to Fontana, CA. for orientation. Made sure my tires on my car were properly inflated, oil and coolant and washer fluid checked also. I felt I was doing a pre-trip. Lol. If there are no delays I should arrive at the Hotel around 7:30 Pm tomorrow night. And the adventure begins!

Big T

If you're reading this, how far from the Red Roof Inn is the Swift Academy?

Mik D.'s Comment
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I was just wondering if I have to take the medical insurance with Swift or can I keep my VA? I also have Tri-West (part of the VA), which allows you to use civilian doctors and such.

I thought I would save as much as possible if I can.

Well, less than 24 hours now before I head down to Fontana, CA. for orientation. Made sure my tires on my car were properly inflated, oil and coolant and washer fluid checked also. I felt I was doing a pre-trip. Lol. If there are no delays I should arrive at the Hotel around 7:30 Pm tomorrow night. And the adventure begins!

Big T

If you're reading this, how far from the Red Roof Inn is the Swift Academy?

You can, I have in the past, but income wise you would prob have to pay part of the cost. My situation might be different, I have a 20% disability with the VA...

Pete M.'s Comment
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Raptor,

Since you have Tri-West you should not need the company insurance. Check with your Tri-West contact to be sure. My thoughts are that the company insurance will be more expensive with less coverage.

Bird 's Comment
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No you can opt out. I've never used any insurance other than the VA until recently when the insurance my company was offering was cheaper than what my wife was using for her and our daughter. Only now I'll have double coverage which is still something I need to look into.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Well, less than 24 hours now before I head down to Fontana, CA. for orientation. Made sure my tires on my car were properly inflated, oil and coolant and washer fluid checked also. I felt I was doing a pre-trip. Lol. If there are no delays I should arrive at the Hotel around 7:30 Pm tomorrow night. And the adventure begins!

Good luck Raptor. I start company training with Schneider on Tuesday, so we are on the same schedule. As for me, I'm on Medicare and I draw social security, so I am opting out of company health ins., although Medicare doesn't cover vision & dental, so I may look into that. Remember, be true to your teeth and they will never be false to you.

Maybe we'll run into each other on the road someday, hopefully not head on.

Keep us posted about your training.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Mik D.

I have been working for over 30 years to get my disability through the VA. It took that long to get my hearing aids. I'll see what Swift is offering.

Pete M.

I'll call Tri-West when I get a chance during orientation.

Brian

I have medicare also, but I think once I start making money again, my medicare is on hold as is my SS. I tried to get to SS but I couldn't get an answer. I have been on SSDI (motorcycle accident in July 2010), for 8 1/2 years and now going back to work that I loved.

Old School's Comment
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You don't have to take the company provided insurance. You can just keep using your VA program as usual.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Thanks Old School.

Big T's Comment
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It's 7.1 to the jurupa valley terminal and 7.2 miles to the Fontana terminal where the school is.

It takes about 15 minutes to get to the school in the morning and can take almost an hour to get back to the hotel in the afternoon. A lot of times the streets can be quicker in the afternoon.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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