19 Apr '13, 5pm

(Army Times) VA announces move to quickly reduce claims backlog: The Veterans Affairs Department wil... #Military

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to quickly eliminate its backlog of older disability claims by assigning provisional ratings that take shortcuts in the normal approval process. About 250,000 claims pending for more than a year will be handled in this unprecedented fashion under a plan announced April 19 by VA Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey that could put money in the pockets of veterans within months. In the short term, Hickey said, the current average processing time for claims, 286 days, may rise, but she predicted a dramatic drop in the pile of about 804,000 pending disability compensation claims. About 570,000 pending claims are older than VA’s 125-day goal, but only about 250,000 are older than a year or more, VA spokesman Josh Taylor said. Giving top priority to the oldest claims means newer claims will take longer to process, but Hickey said pri...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20130419/BENEFITS04/3041...

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