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  • Veterans’ health records lost in VA-Department of Defense divide

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    When former Marine Sgt. Chris Morey went to the VA for excruciating back pain and migraines, doctors said they couldn’t do anything for him because they had not received his deployment medical history from the military.

    Sgt. Morey, who separated from the Marine Corps in 2007 after serving four years, was told by the Department of Defense that the VA would be sent a copy of his deployment history that included things like a concussion he’d suffered in an improvised explosive device blast during his third tour in Iraq. But that never happened.

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  • Audit: VA telehealth program is missing veterans who really need it

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    An audit of the Veterans Health Administration's 12-year-old Home Telehealth Program indicates the VHA has missed opportunities to enroll more veterans who could benefit most from the program - and could have delayed more expensive institutional care for some 59,000 veterans.

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  • VA seeks new law to change Veterans Choice rules

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    he Veterans Affairs Department has asked for new legislation that would let it pay for private health care for veterans who live near a VA clinic but can't get the treatment they need because it's not offered at that location.

    VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Tuesday that vets are "frustrated" with the VA Choice program, particularly the requirement that measures eligibility by a veteran's proximity to any VA health facility — even those that are not full-service medical centers.

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  • VA Choice program's distance rule to be revised

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    After much debate over how the Veterans Affairs Department chose to define the 40-mile distance rule for veterans to access the new Veterans Choice health program, VA will announce today that it's changing the definition.

    Rather than use an "as the crow flies" measure of 40 miles, VA will rely on driving distance from a VA medical facility as the qualifier to use Veterans Choice, a program that lets veterans see a civilian health care provider if they live in a remote area or can't get an appointment at a VA facility.

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  • VA drops 'net worth' as eligibility requirement for care

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    The Veterans Affairs Department no longer will include net worth as a factor in determining whether a veteran is eligible for VA health care.

    Until now, some veterans with illnesses not linked to their service and who are not rated for a service-connected conditions have been allowed to receive care at VA hospitals and clinics if their combined income and net worth were above VA thresholds, as long as they were willing to make copayments for that care.

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  • Veterans Choice Act Fails To Ease Travel Burdens For Vets In Need Of Care

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    Veterans who need to see a doctor often have to travel long distances – 40 miles or more – to get to a Department of Veterans Affairs facility. So last year, after scandals involving long wait times for vets, Congress tried to make getting care easier.

    The Veterans Choice Act gives veterans the option of using a doctor outside the VA system if VA facilities are more than 40 miles away, or there's more than a 30-day wait for an appointment.

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  • VA could prescribe pot to veterans under new bill

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    WASHINGTON — VA doctors could refer veterans to state medical marijuana programs under a landmark reform bill floated in the Senate on Tuesday.

    The bill would end the federal prohibition against pot as a medical treatment, clearing away any ambiguity for patients in states that have approved its use. It mirrors a House bill filed last month and specifically allows physicians and health care providers at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities across the country to recommend it.

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  • Four months in, Veterans Choice Program remains underused, officials say

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    The four-month old VA program that allows certain veterans to seek medical care from outside facilities has been vastly underused by eligible veterans, according to a VFW report issued Monday.

    The report’s survey of veterans found that 80 percent of the 1,068 respondents who were interested in and eligible to receive outside medical care through the Veterans Choice Program had not been offered non-VA care.

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  • House passes veterans health care bill

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    The House passed a bill Monday night that would authorize the Department of Veterans' Affairs to enter contracts with medical foster homes to pay for veterans' long-term care.

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  • Lawmakers press Veterans Affairs for improved access to rural health care

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs is failing to make enough rural health care available to veterans who live far from VA medical centers, a breakdown that violates the intent of a 2014 federal law, more than two dozen senators say.

    They helped pass the Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act, meant in part to improve health care access for veterans who live more than 40 miles from VA facilities or who must wait more than a month for VA care.

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