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  • VA Choice would expand under McCain proposal

    Type of content: News

    Sen. John McCain introduced a bill Wednesday that would extend the VA Choice Card program indefinitely and expand eligibility to include every veteran enrolled in VA health care.

    Saying the Veterans Affairs Department has been "slow to implement the program" since enactment a year ago of the law broadening private care options for veterans, the Arizona Republican believes his bill would remove any lingering uncertainty about the program, which will end in 2017.

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  • Long-term care insurance rates go up for new federal enrollees — with no warning

    Type of content: News

    Premiums in the long-term care insurance program for federal and military personnel, retirees and certain family members have increased, with no prior notice, for those newly buying coverage.

    The Office of Personnel Management has said that rates rose as of Aug. 1 for new enrollees in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, which offers in-home and nursing home care benefits for those with certain physical or mental incapacities.

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  • VA holds session to draw attention to hospice programs

    Type of content: News

    PLAINS TWP. — Decades after serving in the Vietnam War, Army veteran Thomas Namack suffers from lung and liver cancer as a result of the toxic defoliant Agent Orange.

    The 68-year-old Lackawaxen resident credits the home hospice program available through the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township for keeping him alive for the last six years and improving his quality of life.

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  • New burn pit report: Lung disease, high blood pressure common in exposed vets

    Type of content: News

    Troops who worked at burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those exposed to multiple dust storms during war-zone deployments, have higher rates of common respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema, as well as rare lung disorders, according to data drawn from the Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.

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  • Just What the Doctor Ordered: Purpose-driven organizations help veterans transition to civilian life

    Type of content: News

    Young Americans have been fighting overseas wars on behalf of their nation for the last 15 years. We sometimes see those who come back from this service with physical scars, and are aware that others bear less-recognizable wounds. The more common complaint among former servicemembers, however, is of lost purpose and loneliness.

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  • VA mobile apps link into the Vista health record

    Type of content: News

    Veterans and the providers who treat them are increasingly getting access to mobile apps that tie into the enterprise-wide electronic health records system Vista. The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the midst of field testing two patient-facing apps, the Mobile Blue Button and the Summary of Care app, and is set to begin testing on a provider-focused app called simply Patient Viewer.

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  • Wait Lists Grow as Many More Veterans Seek Care and Funding Falls Far Short

    Type of content: News

    One year after outrage about long waiting lists for health care shook the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency is facing a new crisis: The number of veterans on waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was during the height of last year’s problems, department officials say. The department is also facing a nearly $3 billion budget shortfall, which could affect care for many veterans.

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  • VA extends program for veterans with traumatic brain injury

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced the award of 20 contracts for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI). Originally slated to end in 2014, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“VACAA”) extended this program through October 2017.

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  • UCLA Operation Mend awarded $15.7M to expand services for veterans

    Type of content: News

    The Wounded Warrior Project announced a $15.7 million grant Tuesday for UCLA Health’s Operation Mend, a treatment program for wounded veterans and their families.

    Melanie Gideon, director of Operation Mend, said the money will be granted in installments of $5 million per year over the next three years. She said $15 million will be used to launch three-week-long intensive mental health treatment programs for veterans in the post-9/11 era starting in fall. The programs will focus on service members with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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  • Wounded Warrior Project selects Emory's Veterans Program to participate in national medical care network

    Type of content: News

    The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program has been selected by the national Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to participate in a first-of-its-kind national medical care network.

    Warrior Care Network will connect wounded veterans and their families with individualized care for two of the most commonly experienced wounds from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan: posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Emory joins Massachusetts General Hospital, University of California Los Angeles and Rush University Medical Center in the network initiative.

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