31 Oct '13, 3pm

Senators seek to fix ER reimbursement loophole for new vets: A loophole in veterans' healthcare that... #airforce

A loophole in veterans’ healthcare that is leaving some Iraq and Afghanistan veterans facing big medical bills for emergency room treatment is under study by a Senate committee and the Veterans Affairs Department. Fixing the problem has raised larger issues about the long waiting times for initial medical examinations required before a veteran is fully eligible for VA health care benefits. VA has a requirement, set in law, that prohibits reimbursement of emergency room care at non-VA facilities for anyone who has not had a medical appointment in the previous 24 months at a VA hospital or clinic. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, is the chief sponsor of a bill to change that. Her proposal would specifically allow ER reimbursement for veterans who have not had VA medical appointment in the previous 24 months because of the waiting period for new patient examinations. Republican S...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20131031/NEWS05/3103...

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