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AMAC Supports Bill to Update Veterans’ Healthcare Eligibility

eligibiltyH.R. 7469 works to create a bipartisan commission to review the simplification of healthcare eligibility at the Veterans Administration. The last time comprehensive changes occurred to veterans’ healthcare eligibility was in 1996, and it’s time to review the processes so our veterans can access the care they need without encountering cumbersome red tape and bureaucracy.

August 31, 2020

The Honorable Phil Roe, M.D.
1st Congressional District of Tennessee
102 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Roe,

On behalf of the 2.2 million members of AMAC – Association of Mature American Citizens, including nearly 8500 residing in TN-01, I write to offer our support for H.R. 7469, the Modernizing Veterans’ Healthcare Eligibility Act.

Our veterans deserve to encounter smooth processes as they seek care from the Veterans Administration (VA). Their eligibility for care should be clear and straightforward to ensure their treatment is received in the most efficient manner possible. Removing red tape and confusion from the VA bureaucracy would greatly help them access the care they need.

H.R. 7469 would create a bipartisan commission to assess veterans’ eligibility for care within VA and make recommendations for how such eligibility could be revised and simplified. The VA would be required to implement those recommendations made by the commission that they deem appropriate.

The last time comprehensive changes occurred to veterans’ healthcare eligibility was in 1996, and the time has come to convene a panel to review the processes. Your bill smartly requires that the bipartisan commission be comprised of veterans and healthcare delivery experts from both the public and private sectors.

Thank you, Congressman Roe, for continuing to work on behalf of the health and wellbeing of America’s service men and women. As an organization that counts many veterans among our membership, AMAC is pleased to offer our organization’s full support for H.R. 7469, the Modernizing Veterans’ Healthcare Eligibility Act.

Sincerely,

Bob Carlstrom,
President, AMAC Action

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Jerry Caruthers
1 month ago

A surgical procedure was performed on my face at the Veterans Administration (VA) Emergency Room (ER), the packing inside the wound fell out and I started bleeding out. I went to the nearest ER to stop the bleeding. The VA refused to pay the hospital bill because it was not service connected, so I had to pay a $1200 medical bill. I appealed their decision and was denied again and was told that if I was 100% disabled the VA would have paid the tab. I got mad as hell, stood up and started yelling what makes the difference if you are 10% or 100% disabled, the [email protected]#$ing thing is still not service connected!!! Then two VA cops showed up and started patronizing me and escorted me to my car, then a VA squad car escorted me off the VA campus, then a local P.D. squad car followed me for 3 to 5 miles! What makes me even madder is all of these thugs and slugs can go to any ER in the country and get free health care and they don’t do anything to earn government entitlements! But not a veteran, you get half of your face blown off and you have to fight the government to get your benefits! Does anyone remember that movie Article 99?! Not much has changed since that movie came out! I also contacted various veteran organizations and they all told me O-well, so said to bad!          

LTC S
1 year ago

I’m a veteran that can get care at the VA and I don’t understand what you want to change or make better. I had a very smooth process, got my card and level of care appropriate to my needs quickly. The VA is not national health care. Although it’s about as close as you can get without actually calling it national health care. If your problem is not service or combat related there’s a charge. Not a big charge like they’d get at a local clinic or hospital but a charge. The VA is very liberal about what they consider a service injury. If you can get the funding and staffing, let the VA be veterans national health care – Free. But before we keep asking the VA to take all comers we need to give them the funds and staff to cover it and not just keep adding things on.

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