Get Checked: Recommended Screenings and Immunizations

As you get older, you are at greater risk for certain illnesses and diseases. While you can’t prevent aging, you can help detect and prevent these illnesses and diseases early on. Screenings can help find them earlier when they can be more successfully treated.  Most screenings are based on age, sex, health, and family history.

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Bill Would Expand VA Telehealth Services Across State Lines

Telehealth services for veterans have expanded dramatically in recent years, but a group of lawmakers worries that federal rules governing that remote care haven’t kept up.  A bipartisan group of House and Senate members have reintroduced legislation designed to boost access for veterans by easing those rules, arguing that patients in rural areas or facing travel difficulties are being disadvantaged.  As one representative said: “we should continue to find new ways to connect veterans with the providers that they need, no matter their physical location.”

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President Signs Veterans Affairs Accountability Executive Order

On Thursday President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled, “Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs”.  In addition, VA Secretary Shulkin made three key announcements: VA is partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services; is establishing a new Fraud, Waste and Abuse Task Force; and is removing “Red Tape” at State-owned Veteran Nursing Homes.

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Military Health System Waiting Times for Urgent, Routine and Other Appointments

The Military Health System (MHS) places significant priority on ensuring service members have constant, reliable access to the health care services they need.  Specific access to care standards have been published: One day for urgent care, seven days for routine care, and 28 days for referrals to a specialist or for a wellness visit. These access standards are among the most specific and stringent standards in the health care sector.

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How a Government Shutdown Could Affect Troops, Veterans and Their Families

Congress has until midnight Friday to pass a budget to fund federal programs through the rest of Fiscal Year 2017 before portions of the government begin shutting down on Saturday.  The continuing resolution that’s keeping many government programs funded will expire on April 28th.  That means lawmakers have to agree on a budget deal before then to keep things running through the remaining five months of the fiscal year.  How would a shutdown affect troops, veterans and their families?

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VA Establishes New Center for Compassionate Intervention

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the launch of the Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI), which will explore emerging therapies that may enhance Veterans’ physical and mental well-being.  CCI’s mission is to find innovative approaches to health care, which may support those Veterans who are unsuccessful with conventional treatment.

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Veterans Access to Privatized Health Care Extended

President Trump signed into law an extension of the Veterans Affairs Choice Card program on Wednesday, the precursor to a planned massive overhaul of the initiative later this year. The Choice Card program, created by Congress in the wake of VA’s 2014 wait time problems, is one of several programs for veterans to seek medical care outside VA medical centers. Veterans who face lengthy wait times for medical appointments or live more than 40 miles from VA facilities can use the available funds to seek …

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Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program

Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans. Rehabilitation after a serious injury or during a chronic illness can be a lengthy and confusing process that may leave Veterans and their family caregivers feeling isolated and adrift in an uncertain sea. VA’s Caregiver Program can be a life raft during such periods. The program aims to support caregivers who in turn support Veterans in ways VA cannot.  Recently, VA Secretary Shulkin initiated a review of the National Caregiver Support Program “to …

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New VA Choice Program to be Unveiled by Fall

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said he hopes to have a replacement for the controversial Choice Card program before Congress by this fall, a move that would give lawmakers just a few months of debate before the current program runs out.  President Trump is scheduled to sign legislation extending the Choice program past August until the end of 2017, when funding for those services are expected to run out.

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Video Preview of VA’s New Online Tool for Health Care Access and Quality Info

For many Veterans, deciding when, where and how to receive medical care is often one of the most complex and challenging decisions of the health care process.  Health care performance, access or quality of care data, is very complicated – leaving many Veterans at a loss for the best course of action. To help, VA is launching a new website with an access and quality tool to help Veterans make more informed choices.

Watch a video preview of the new online tool:  http://bit.ly/2ow86Eo

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