Importance of Using Preventive Health Services

Taking your health for granted is easy to do when youre feeling great. But seeing your doctor only when you feel terrible misses the point of preventive health care. Its better to identify and manage potential health issues before you experience recognizable symptoms and before they become life threatening. TRICARE covers many preventive health services at no cost, giving you every reason to visit your doctor regularly.

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Banner Year for Veteran Legislation in Congress

While it has been difficult to get major legislation through Congress, that hasn’t been the case with some important veterans’ bills that have found their way to Pennsylvania Avenue for the President to sign. In fact, it has been a banner year for veterans as Congress quickly moved legislation through the process in a bipartisan and bicameral way, including the recent act improving the veterans appeals process.

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Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act

President Trump signed legislation Wednesday at The American Legions National Convention that will go a long way toward fixing the Veteran Affairs (VA) appeals process. Passage of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 into law marks an important step forward in creating a more timely and accurate system for processing veterans appeals.

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Veteran Groups Are Lining Up Against Potential TRICARE Fee Increases

The Congressional Budget Office, in estimating the impact of key provisions in House and Senate defense authorization bills for fiscal 2018, spotlights the higher out-of-pocket costs that military folks would face if various Senate initiatives are in final bill. On health care, for example, Senators propose that TRICARE beneficiaries face higher co-pays for drug prescriptions not filled on base. Also, retirees would see higher TRICARE fees and deductibles. Veteran groups are lining up against the bill.

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Congress Finalizes Overhaul of Veterans Affairs Appeals Reform

House lawmakers have finalized reforms regarding how veterans disability appeals claims are handled, potentially trimming years off the process once the changes are put in place. The appeals reform measure was previously passed by the Senate. A key veterans group called the initiative a chance to enhance veterans rights, modernize and expedite the veterans appeals process, and ultimately reduce costs through greater efficiency.

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Legislation To Continue Veterans Choice Program Signed Into Law

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin informed Congress of an impending shortfall in funds for the Veterans Choice Program in June. In response, House and Senate VA committee leaders worked together to pass the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize and appropriate funding for the VA to continue the Veterans Choice Program and strengthen VA care. House and Senate leaders applauded the signing of the critical legislation by President Trump to ensure veterans have access to health care …

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Highlights Ongoing VA Initiatives

Reforming and modernizing the Veterans Affairs Department was the topic as VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin addressed a full house of veterans at the American Veterans National Convention. Shulkin spoke to veterans and their families regarding his priorities for the VA, including what is being done to streamline the disability claims process, update theVeterans Choice Program and make VA more accountable to veterans and the public.

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MyHealtheVet Premium Account Features

Wondering why you should consider upgrading to a Premium My HealtheVet account? A Premium account gives My HealtheVet members the highest level of access to features, many more than Basic or Advanced level accounts. APremium account offers you features of both a Basic and Advanced account plus these features: copies of key portions of your VA electronic health records, VA Health Summary, Secure Messaging, VA Appointments, and Department of Defense Military Service Information.

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Veterans Affairs to Decide on New Agent Orange Ailments by November 1st

VA Secretary Shulkin will decide on or before November 1st whether to add to the list of medical conditions the Department of Veteran Affairs presumes are associated to Agent Orange or other herbicides sprayed during the Vietnam War. Any ailments that might be added to VAs current list of 14 presumptive diseases linked to herbicide exposure would make many more thousands of Vietnam War veterans eligible for VA disability compensation and health care.

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Veterans Affairs (VA) Launches the Ask a Pharmacist Web Application

Do you have questions about your medications? Now, VA has a new web application (app) that can help. VA launched the Ask a Pharmacist app, which provides an easy way to find answers to questions VA pharmacists regularly hear from patients. You can access the app on your smartphone, tablet, desktop computer or any device with an Internet connection.

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