Archive for January, 2009

VA Expands Health Care To Clear Backlog

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

vetsaffairsDepartment of Veterans Affairs (VA) will re-open enrollment in its health care system to more than 250,000 veterans whose incomes exceed current limits by 10 percent or less. In 1996, Congress established a priority-based enrollment system for VA and a uniform package of medical benefits for all enrollees. The legislation opened enrollment in VA’s health care system to all eligible veterans and established an annual review process. However, due to the large number of veterans applying for care, enrollment for those who are not being compensated for a military-related disability and who have incomes above a threshold was suspended in 2003.

The new rule is expected to take effect by June 30. VA will continue to monitor the backlog in demand for veterans’ medical services.

State Grants For Emergency Organizations

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Volunteer emergency response organizations in Potter County have been awarded more than $120,000 in state grants. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation, purchase or repair of equipment, training, and debt reduction.

coudfiretruckAustin Volunteer Fire Department received $4,917 for EMS operations and $9,500 for fire company operations. Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association was awarded $4,917, while Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department got $9,686. Roulette Chemical Engine Company received $3,833 for EMS operations and $9,500 for fire company operations.

Other grants included $4,917 each for Gale Hose Company of Galeton, Tri-Town Ambulance Association of Ulysses, Shinglehouse Ambulance Association, Kettle Creek Ambulance Assn. of Cross Fork and Genesee Volunteer Fire Department (EMS operations).

Also, $9,500 each for Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Goodyear Hose Company of Galeton, Kettle Creek Hose Company, Genesee Volunteer Fire Department (fire company operations); $9,873 for Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, and $9,686 for Tri-Town Fire Company of Ulysses.