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VA Helping to Eradicate Hepatitis C

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The VA has implemented an effort to screen and treat veterans under their care for the Hepatitis C virus.  Hepatitis C experts say this proactive approach should be a model for other government health programs and private insurers. Although about 1 percent of the United States population has the virus,…

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Veterans More Likely to Choose Suicide

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According to a recent Veterans Administration press release, veterans are 20% more likely than non-veterans to kill themselves.  And the suicide rate for female veterans is 250% higher than that of non-veterans. The department was accused of covering up veteran suicide rates in 2008.  Last year, it was revealed that…

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Payouts to Deceased Veterans

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Hundreds of veterans remain on the Social Security Administration’s payroll, despite being dead for years, and have received almost $38 million in benefits.  This information comes according to a report from the inspector general of Social Security. The report cited inaccurate death records at the Department of Veterans Affairs as…

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Streamlining the VA Appeals Process

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The Department of Veterans Affairs says some veterans are waiting six years or more to appeal denied claims, while on average it takes approximately three years to receive a final decision. VA officials complained that case records never close, and this open-ended system causes the appeals to drag on for…

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VA Choice Program Funded

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Veterans Affairs David Shulkin received an additional $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program in a bill passed the beginning of August.  Secretary Shulkin said the funds will be used for modernization projects, comprehensive public-private sector partnerships, and construction of new facilities. As Secretary Shulkin stated: “I think health care’s…

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WWII Vets Exposed to Chemicals

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Last week, President Trump signed the Arla Harrell Act into law, which is intended to secure VA benefits for World War II veterans who were exposed to chemicals in experiments.  The bill, sponsored by Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt of Missouri, passed in the Senate the week before. Arla…

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