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Entries for the ‘Veterans Benefits’ Category

VA Faces Challenges to Implement “Forever” GI Bill

By Debbie Gregory. The Department of Veterans Affairs has said it is facing problems implementing some parts of the Harry J Colmery GI Bill, better known as the “Forever GI Bill”. Recently separated veterans may be getting inaccurate information about their education benefits in the mail, potentially causing “mass confusion” among veterans about their eligibility […]

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Merger of VA and DoD Health Systems Being Considered

By Debbie Gregory. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides healthcare to veterans through medical centers and clinics owned and run by the federal government, although veterans can also see private doctors through the Choice if VA wait times are too long. The Department of Defense provides healthcare to current servicemembers, retirees and their families […]

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Colorado VA Used Forbidden Lists of Patients Wanting Mental Health Car

By Debbie Gregory. A Veterans Administration (VA) investigation has revealed that VA facilities in Denver, Golden and Colorado Springs failed to follow proper protocol when keeping tabs on patients who sought referrals for treatment of mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The “off-book” lists did not always contain complete information or request dates, […]

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Allegations of Skimming Impacts VA’s Private Healthcare Providers

By Debbie Gregory. TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Health Net Federal Services, the companies charged with administering private health care options for veterans, are both under investigation for over-billing the government by tens of millions of dollars. The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, expected to cost taxpayers $10 billion has come in closer to $12 […]

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$2.3 Million Settlement in Marine Veteran’s Death

By Debbie Gregory. Former Marine Jason Simcakoski was 35 when he died in 2014 at the Tomah VA facility. His death uncovered a reality of overprescribed opioid painkillers at the facility. From 2006 to 2014, Simcakoski had been treated for a variety of conditions. He was admitted to the Tomah VA’s psychiatric unit on Aug. […]

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