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VA Beneficiary Travel Reimbursement Program

30 Nov 2013 23:57 #130 by jdavis
Replied by jdavis on topic VA Beneficiary Travel Reimbursement Program
This has been the struggle for Veterans-For-Change for the past seven years, getting Veterans to become pro-active and stop relying on organizations who only use membership numbers to accomplish a task. It’s a proven record those numbers mean nothing if they don’t ask and/or require that those members be pro-active and help speak as one voice.

As they say there is power in numbers, but, those numbers must all speak the same thing to all 535 members of Congress.

They do work for us, we do NOT work for them!

Jim Davis
Founder & CEO
Veterans-For-Change

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16 Nov 2013 17:08 #115 by sogrecon
How much longer are we going to accept the inequities of this Program? There are three major problems which need corrected.

Eliminate the "deductible" - Eligible VA patients are the only folks who have been singled-out to subsidize part of their travel reimbursements!

Make it possible for the VA Secretary to make periodic increases to the reimbursement rate without taking funds away from necessary health care of veterans. We waited from 1978 to 2009 for the rate to be increased from .11 cents to .415 cents. The GSA rate as of 1 Jan 2013 is .565 cents and the VA rate remains at .415 cents (with the deductible). Eligible VA patients are the only folks whose travel reimbursement remains frozen at the 2009 level!

Finally, forcing VA patients to claim travel reimbursement through the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) system is ludicrous. EFT is experiencing a backlog not unlike the claims backlog. Claims submitted more than 26 weeks ago remain unpaid. If an EFT deposit gets made, there is no way to identify the deposit with a particular claim and that makes it possible for some claims to slip through the crack never to get paid. Most important; VA patients should be exempt from the EFT mandate and VA should have the authority to pay travel reimbursements, in cash, on the same day as the patient's appointment.

NONE OF THE ABOVE IS EVER GOING TO CHANGE UNLESS VETERANS TAKE ACTION AND CONTACT THEIR REPRESENTATIVE/SENATORS AND INSIST THAT THIS INEQUITY BE CORRECTED. ACTIVE DUTY PERSONNEL ARE SERIOUSLY INVITED TO DO LIKEWISE; YOU MAY SOON BE ELIGIBLE FOR VA TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT, TOO!

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE; LET'S DO IT!
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