VA Expands Health Care To Clear Backlog

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.

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