Veteran Appeals Bill Making Its Way Through Congress

In the last session of Congress, appeals reform legislation was introduced but not passed; now the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 has cleared critical hurdles in both the House and Senate and is well on its way to overhauling the current process for veterans appeals at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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VA Benefits for Veterans’ Spouses, Dependents and Survivors

Family members and dependents of Servicemembers who were seriously injured or died in the line of duty may be eligible for many types of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. These include benefits that may be used to advance in a career, get an education, or provide supplementary income. There are other additional VA benefits that may potentially be earned by a spouse, child, or parent of a Veteran or Servicemember.

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Veterans Waiting for Judge’s Decision on Burn Pit Exposure

Hundreds of veterans and their families who have spent eight years in federal court trying to prove that burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan made U.S. troops sick are worried theyll hit a legal dead end if a Maryland judge decides the company that ran the smoke-belching disposal sites cant be sued because it was working on behalf of the government.

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Senators Introduce New Legislation to Improve and Fund VA Choice Program

Members of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs have proposed two new bills to overhaul the VA’s Veterans Choice Program, which is rapidly running out of funding months sooner than expected.The VA’s Choice program went into effect in 2014, after media reports of veterans facing unreasonable wait times for care. The program allows veterans to seek care outside the VA system if they live more than 40 miles from a facility or face a wait time of 30 days or more.

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Tricare – Valuable Benefit for Active Duty and Retired Military Personnel

Tricare is a valuable and affordable health care benefit for active duty service members and retirees. Tricare offers flexibility to choose among different plans, including both military and civilian providers, and has low premiums and low deductibles. It also accepts preexisting conditions. The Veterans Administration system and Tricare for Life provide health care for elderly and disabled veterans, the cost of which is born by Tricare premiums and taxpayer dollars. Should our national health system be similar?

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Veteran Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs highlighted broad support for the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation to overhaul the outdated benefits claims appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VAs appeals process is in significant need of updating. Nearly half a million veterans are in limbo because of the VAs existing appeals backlog. The bill is supported by VA Secretary David Shulkin and has also won the support of veterans groups that represent millions …

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Congressional Task: Solve the VA Choice Program Funding Problem

As they return from legislative recess, lawmakers will have only a few days to address financial problems with the Veterans Affairs Choice program before users start to see significant problems. VA Secretary David Shulkin warned lawmakers that money in the Choice program funds was being spent at a faster rate than expected, threatening to bankrupt the program before the end of the fiscal year. He has asked for authority to move money from other sources to cover the funding gaps, ensuring that veteran medical appointments …

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Veterans With Back Pain Have Treatment Options

Back pain, an issue relevant to many myeloma patients, is one of the main reasons people go to a doctor, accounting for millions of visits per year in the U.S. In addition to surgery and drugs, research has shown that physical therapy, yoga, tai chi and other treatments can help. It used to be that those treatments were considered fringe, but research has proven that some can be very helpful. As always, and especially for myeloma patients, be sure to check with your doctor before …

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Concerns About the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Budget Proposal

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and other veteran service organizations have expressed concerns about the impact of cutting funds to many VA benefits programs to fund extension of the VA Choice Program. The VA Choice program enables veteran access to alternate healthcare services in their community.

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Many Veterans Strongly Desire Continued Medicaid Benefits

There are about 22 million veterans in the U.S. But fewer than half gettheirhealth care through the Veterans Affairs system. Some dont qualify for various reasons or may live too far from a VA facility to easily get primary health care there.Many vets instead rely on Medicaid for their health insurance and strongly desire continued Obamacare Medicaid benefits.

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