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New TRICARE Contract Shakes Up Doctors

By Debbie Gregory. TRICARE’s 10-state South Region behavioral healthcare therapists have been notified that while they may continue to see their patients under the new behavioral healthcare network, they will do so under a revised fee deal. The deal is not in the practitioners’ best interest, and has some mental healthcare professionals deeply concerned. The […]

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Does New Healthcare Bill Take Away Tax Credits from 7 Million Veterans?

By Debbie Gregory. Democratic senators have reached across the aisle to urge Republican senators to protect veterans’ access to healthcare in their health care replacement bill, expressing fears that the House-passed proposal could be particularly dangerous for veterans. “We have known for months that the GOP healthcare bill could strip roughly 7 million veterans of […]

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VA to Go Live With Online Scheduling System

By Debbie Gregory. Beginning next month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to begin online scheduling of medical appointments nationwide. The technological advance will allow the scheduling of primary-care appointments for more than 6 million patients via an app on their phones, tablets or computers. “Do I think this is a huge step forward for the VA? […]

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Most Private Sector Doctors Unprepared to Treat Veterans

By Debbie Gregory. While many veterans get some health care from private doctors, those doctors often fall short when it comes to identifying service-related illness. Jeffrey L. Brown, M.D., a clinical professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College who also teaches at Weill Cornell Medicine, said, “While everybody seems to be mostly focused on […]

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VA Budget for 2017 Addresses Increased Care and Benefits for Veterans

By Debbie Gregory. The 2017 VA budget will continue to support the largest transformation in VA history, expanding access to healthcare and benefits, while attempting to end homelessness among those who have served. The budget includes $78.7 billion in discretionary funding, which is earmarked largely for healthcare, which is almost 5 percent more than the […]

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