Archive for September, 2010

VA Publishes Final Regulation On “Presumptive” Illnesses For Gulf War & Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

SOURCE: Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Erick K. Shinseki, today announced the publication of a final regulation in the Federal Register that makes it easier for Veterans to obtain Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and disability compensation for certain diseases associated with service in Southwest Asia (including Iraq) or Afghanistan. “This is part […]

TRICARE Benefits Compare Favorably To New Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Requirements

SOURCE: Falls Church, VA . . . TRICARE already meets or exceeds most of the new health care provisions which took effect Sept. 23, 2010, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  The PPACA provides new or expanded options and consumer protections for those with private health insurance coverage. Most provisions under […]

NTEU Supports Connolly Effort On Insurance Payment Options

SOURCE: Washington, D.C. . . . The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) today offered its support for House legislation that would provide federal employees and their beneficiaries with a lump sum benefit payment as the first option under the federal group life insurance program. The Federal Life Insurance Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Gerald […]

HHS Announces New Grants & Programs From The Affordable Care Act To Help People Navigate Health & Long-term Care Options

SOURCE: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $68 million in grants to help seniors, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers better understand and navigate their health and long-term care options. “We know how difficult it can be for individuals and caregivers to deal with a sudden illness or chronic disease while at the same time […]

Special Benefits Available To Former POW’s

SOURCE: Washington, D.C. . . . Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, wants former American prisoners of war (POW’s) to be aware of the benefits and services available to them, as American across the national show respect and appreciation for this special group of men and women during POW/MIA National Recognition Day. “These […]

VA Improving Veterans’ Access To Health And Benefits Information

SOURCE: The Department of Veterans’ Affarts is launching a multi-year initiative called Veterans Relationship Management (VRM) that will greatly improve Veterans’ access to health care and benefits information. “VRM will transform Veterans’ interactions with VA by using innovative 21st century technologies,” said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.  ”Veterans will have a better experience when […]

More Than 32,800 Veterans Hired During First Half Of FY2010

SOURCE: Washington, D.C. . . . . Today, the President’s Interagency Council on Veterans Employment was briefed by U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry, Deputy Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Scott Gould, and Department of Labor’s Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training, Ray Jefferson, to inform them that thousands more veterans […]

Sebelius Announces $42.5 Million For Public Health Improvement Programs Through The Affordable Care Act

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded funding for 94 projects totaling $42.5 million to state, local and territorial health departments to improve their ability to provide public health services.  This funding, made possible through the new […]

Akaka To Introduce Bill To Provide Health Care Coverage To Veterans’ Children Up To 26-Years Of Age

SOURCE: Washington, D.C. . . . Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman, Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) introduced a bill to extend the age limit for coverage of veterans’ dependents through the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (CHAMPVA) to the level set by Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “Thanks […]

Testimony Before The Committee On Veterans’ Affairs – House Of Representatives

SOURCE: Defense Health Care – Status of efforts to address lack of compliance with personality disorder separation requirements (Statement of Debra A. Draper, Director, Health Care) Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee: I am pleased to be here today to discuss the Department of Defense’s (DoD) separation requirements for enlisted servicemembers diagnosed with […]