VAM Email Alert: March 2019

MARCH 2019
 

 

DoD Seeking the Help of Myeloma Patients for FY19 – Become a Consumer Reviewer!

We are yet again seeking volunteers to help us advance myeloma research! The Advocacy Team lobbied Congress to include blood cancers as a topic area in the DoD’s FY19 Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). Because of these efforts, myeloma researchers are now able to apply for research funding grants through the program, but we need your help! With this inclusion, the IMF has a unique opportunity to …

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VAM Email Alert: February 2019

FEBRUARY 2019
 

 

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Handed Court Victory

On Tuesday, January 29th the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. decided a case that restores a presumption of exposure to the chemicals collectively known as Agent Orange for veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam during the war. The case, Procopio v. Wilkie, reverses the courts own ruling from 2006 in Haas v. Peake that erroneously excluded Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans from the Agent Orange Act …

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VAM Email Alert: January 2019

JANUARY 2019
 

 

Government Shutdown Won’t Affect VA Care

With the ongoing government shutdown, we thought it prudent to remind readers that this lapse in funding will not affect the care received from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Thanks to foresight and understanding from Congress that necessary care for veterans should never be held hostage in a budget negotiation, the VA is funded through what is known as an advanced appropriations process, meaning the VA receives its money a full year ahead of other departments …

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VAM alert: December 2017

(Sen. Inhofe w/ military personnel)

Enhancing Veteran Care Act Change on the Horizon

On December 6th, the House unanimously passed S. 1266, The Enhancing Veteran Care Act a month after the bill was passed in the Senate and nearly a year after introduction by Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and James Lankford (R-OK). The legislation will give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) more flexibility in working with third-parties, such as non-profits, to study, investigate and assess issues within the VA medical system.

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November 2017

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program to Continue

As the House and Senate conferenced to pass the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a small but important program known as the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) found itself on the brink of effective elimination for the second year in a row. Language was included in the Senate version of the bill, specifically, Sections 733, 891, 892, and 893, that would have individually and collectively restricted, if not outright prohibited, CDMRP research …

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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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