The financial shocks that VHA-enrolled veterans face when they find out that none of their emergency care claims will be covered, if they have Medicare or private insurance, is of no ethical concern to the VA. The National Veterans Legal Services Program represented Mr. Staab and won a huge victory at the CAVC in April (LINK) which said the VA must be a secondary payer.
But the VA’s Office of General Counsel is fighting the decision with vigor. A Stars and Stripes article, VA predicts emergency care claim tsunami if ruling is upheld, covered the VA’s appeal in August (LINK). This article contains some choice VA whining.
Here are the VA’s appeal dates at the CAVC–click image below.
Now the case is at the U.S. Court for the Federal Circuit, Case #16-2671–click below. January is an important date for all enrolled vets. This is so evil I can’t believe they are doing this to the veterans least financially able to cover emergency non-VA hospital bills. VA is wasting precious resources. And this action, if successful, will discourage vets from buying a Medicare Advantage plan etc…so it’s also incredibly stupid. The VA clearly has NO intention of writing new rules.
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