The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that has updated the way it determines eligibility for VA healthcare. The VA has eliminated the use of net worth as a determining factor for both healthcare programs and copayment responsibilities.The VA implemented the change at the beginning of 2015.  This change will result in more veterans, especially those of low-income, having access to healthcare benefits. Instead of combining the sums of Veterans’ income with their assets to determine eligibility for medical care and copayment obligations, the VA now only considers a Veteran’s gross household income and deductible expenses from the previous year. This means that certain lower-income, non-service-connected veterans will have less out-of-pocket costs.