Category Archives: VA Health Care

Agent Orange (AO) thoughts; “And it’s one, two, three, what are we fighting for?”

116th Congress: It’s been one month since H.R.6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, passed over a veto on 1/1/21 and became Public Law No: 116-283. It includes an important AO amendment, pushed through by Sen. Tester … Continue reading

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White House official list of highlights concerning veterans (to January 2021)

With the Biden inauguration almost upon us, I thought it would be interesting to see some of the Trump Administration’s final online notes before they are purged. I have copied those relating to veterans and added some various links to … Continue reading

Posted in All about Veterans, Appeals Modernization Act, Community Care Network, Food for the soul, Food for thought, Future Veterans, General Messages, Guest authors, HOMELESS VETERANS, non-va care, Uncategorized, Urgent Care Benefit, vA news, Veterans Choice card | 16 Comments

VA Covid-19 vaccine distribution list

From 12/10/20 VA Press Release Who–Health care workers and long-term care patients will be the first to get vaccinated. 🛌 đźš‘ Where–37 medical centers were “…chosen for their ability to vaccinate large numbers of people and store the vaccines at … Continue reading

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Senate passes veto-proof defense bill with three new Agent Orange presumptives

I’m glad this has finally passed the Senate (Link). If you want Pres. Trump to sign it right away, tweet him @realDonaldTrump. Too many vets have died waiting for this. “WASHINGTON — A measure was included in the final version … Continue reading

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Best Resources for Combat Veterans Making the Transition to Civilian Life

According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, nearly half of all veterans who served since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 said that it was a challenge to transition to civilian life. To help make the process … Continue reading

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The VA Community Care Network for Urgent Care/Retail Clinics

This is a valuable benefit. “Urgent Care is Not a Replacement for Preventive or Emergency Care“ Due to COVID-19, VA has cancelled millions of face-to-face appointments. This post is about using the new VA Urgent Care (UC) benefit. If eligible, … Continue reading

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Fact or Rumor: Will most C and P exams be contracted out in the near future?

Rep. Elaine Luria, Chair of the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA), Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is not happy with Sec. Wilke.And she wants a response to her letter of 10/20/20 by Nov. 16th. Why? It seems as … Continue reading

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Hepatitis C Market Report (Issue 1) from the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

“We are in a new era of HCV control and optimism abounds.” Harvey J. Alter,  2019 Lecture remarks  Dr. Alter refers to the non-toxic Direct-Acting Antiviral (DAA) medications which have “unprecedented efficacy” cure rates of 95% to 100% (all genotypes) … Continue reading

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Before and After: Hepatitis C screening

My, my, my–what a difference a few years and the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) make in influencing public health policy.  In 2013, the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) HCV  recommended one-free screening for Woodstock-loving Baby Boomers born between … Continue reading

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A Vietnam vet’s letter from rural Vermont

I spent some time yesterday in an Urgent Care office about three miles from our house reading a local newspaper (LINK) while my old Marine was getting his broken toe tended to.  A letter authored by Al Walsky of Berkshire … Continue reading

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