Category Archives: Medicare for VETS

BROKEN SNOWFLAKES DAY CARE FOR VETS

As most know by now, PEOTUS Trump has anointed David Shulkin to the post. Shulkin is McDonald’s #2 in charge of Medical or VHA as they acronymize it. This is the equal rank of the Undersecretary for Benefits over at … Continue reading

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Draft bill: “Caring for our Heroes in the 21st Century Act”

News from Frank (VT) to consider:  Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) is working on a bill that contains many VA healthcare restructuring proposals.  She wants feedback on the 58-page discussion draft (LINK). “With this draft legislation, my goal is for … Continue reading

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First non-VA care denial letter received

Although there is no mention of the Veterans’ Choice program in my husband’s recent non-VA care denial letter, our “geographical hardship” plea fell on deaf ears at the White River Junction VHA.  They received a pulmonary consult and treatment request … Continue reading

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Will using the VA’s Choice Program wreck your credit?

It very well might according to the VA itself.   The VA wants my husband to drive about 200 miles round-trip for an x-ray and pulmonary appointment.  I called to see if the VA Choice Program (LINK) or non-VA care … Continue reading

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Today’s trip to a non-VA ER

Walking the beagle led to a nasty fall on snowy concrete for my old Marine this afternoon. He entered the apartment (cussing at himself) with blood streaming out of his nose, cuts on his hand and a knee screaming “pain, … Continue reading

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How many of the 250,000 “other-than-honorable discharges” in the Vietnam-era were due to PTSD?

In an article (9/4/14) Washington Post reporter Dan Lamothe provides an   overview of Sec. Hagel’s medical guidance on PTSD and less than honorable discharges. He provides this background information:  “The lawsuit said 250,000 Vietnam-era veterans received other-than-honorable discharges, and that 80,000 of … Continue reading

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Arizona Veteran receiving non-VA emergency care screwed by private hospital and the VA

When a veteran is enrolled in VA, and Medicare (original or Medicare Advantage), and then is rushed to a non-VA hospital in an emergency (as advised by the VA), what is supposed to happen? Is he responsible for the portion … Continue reading

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MN VAMC: Walgreen-VA flu shots- Shhhh, it’s a secret

The VA flyer for the  Minneapolis 3-day Flu Clinics (late Oct.) arrived today but is silent about the Walgreens option.  Not exactly in the “partnership” frame of mind yet, I guess. The Minn. VAMC is about 35 miles away so … Continue reading

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How long should you wait for a PCP appointment at the VA or non-VA care provider?

Secretary McDonald said this in a recent speech to the DAV: We are making good progress in getting Veterans off wait lists and fixing scheduling problems.  We have reached out to over 240,000 Veterans to get them off wait lists … Continue reading

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VA’s Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) delivered by Humana and other HMOs

Many (202 YR 2009) of the VA’s CBOCs are not staffed by VA employees but are employees of Healthcare Management Organization (HMO) type providers under contract with the VA.   This may be more desirable in terms of efficiency and … Continue reading

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