VA announces proposal to increase access to dental care

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has submitted to Congress a waiver request and pilot program under Section 152 of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act) to improve access to dental care for Veterans. The MISSION Act authorizes VA to submit statutory waivers to […]

Happy Holidays from VA

The winter of 1777-78 found George Washington’s Continental Army encamped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. In the week before Christmas, more than 12,000 poorly-equipped, hungry, and cold American Soldiers huddled against a ruthless winter, enduring numbing cold, their ranks ravaged by disease. Nearly 2,000 of them would not survive the hardships of Valley Forge. General Washington […]

VA extends benefits to offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins deciding Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 claims, Jan. 1, 2020, extending the presumption of herbicide exposure that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Prior to the measure, […]

VA improves health care facility performance transparency

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced Dec. 11, key changes to increase transparency and ensure Veterans have the best information regarding the performance of VA health care facilities. As part of this effort, VA will discontinue its star-rating system, making it easier for Veterans to compare VA facilities with non-VA facilities in their […]

VA recognized for health IT innovations directly impacting Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) makes an impact, driving change and advancement, in the federal health information technology market. FedHealthIT recognized VA for creating products and services that have a profound impact on the lives of Veterans through developments in digital and cloud-based solutions and health-IT modernization initiatives. “Part of the department’s mission is […]

VA, Walmart open telehealth locations to serve Veterans in rural areas

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Walmart cut the ribbon in Asheboro, North Carolina, Dec. 10, for a new VA-led Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) services pilot location. The public-private affiliation provides convenient health care to Veterans in their communities. “This type of collaboration is the way of the future,” said VA Secretary […]

VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals plans virtual hearings in 2020

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) and Office of Information and Technology (OIT) are working towards nationwide availability of virtual hearings for Veterans next year, allowing access using their mobile phone or laptop via the VA Video Connect app. The virtual hearings are based on the Veterans Health Administration’s tele-health platform and lets […]

VA continues record setting claims processing pace for 2019

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) disability claims backlog reached its lowest point ever, Nov 23 from its previous record low achieved May 2018. Additionally, the percentage of the total inventory in backlog is less than 18%, surpassing the previous record from October 2016. “I’m pleased with the Veterans Benefits Administration’s delivery on our commitment to improve customer […]

VA web-based patient tool surpasses five million users

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accomplished a record landmark Oct. 15, when the agency registered more than 5 million users on My HealtheVet, which encourages Veterans to take control of their health. The web-based portal provides online tools that enable Veterans to proactively engage with their health care team and make informed decisions […]