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VA Continues Litany of Incompetence

But 15 months after the internal probes were finished and sent to Secretary Robert McDonald recommending that the managers be disciplined or fired, VA has done neither — keeping one official on paid leave at home and leaving the other on the job. Darren Deering, a physician who is chief of staff at Phoenix VA Health Care System, was scheduled …

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VA to change disability claims rules for Camp Lejeune veterans

Patricia Kime, Military Times The VA has determined that eight medical conditions are linked to service at Camp Lejeune, N.C. from 1953 to 1987, and veterans with these diseases who were stationed at the sprawling Marine Corps base are eligible for disability compensation.  VA officials said Thursday that these eight diseases that have been determined to be service-connected to consuming …

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Overseas TRICARE Site Re-Launched

International SOS and WPS Military and Veterans Health, the TOP Claims Processor, have re-launched the secure claims portal for overseas TRICARE beneficiaries.  The enhanced, secure claims portal is mobile-friendly and makes it easier and faster to access TOP claims and other information. The home page now features news, video tutorials, and a frequently asked questions section. There is also an …

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BAH Rates for 2016 Increase Slightly

Chuck Vinch of Military Times reports there is both good news and bad news for active-duty service members and their families in the new 2016 Basic Allowance for Housing rates that will take effect January 1. The good news: Average rates will climb by 3.4 percent in the aggregate across all locations and paygrades, or an average of about $54 …

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NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones Provides Testimony on Survivor and Retirement Issues

On December 9, 2015, NAUS Legislative Director Rick Jones provided testimony before the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, Committee on Armed Services, concerning views on survivor and retirement issues. Click Here for complete testimony.

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VA Makes Changes to Veterans Choice Program

Meanwhile, VA officials have unveiled a costly, complex and phased plan to consolidate the Choice program with a “patchwork” of other purchased care initiatives enacted over the years, even as VA hospitals continue their own referral agreements with local community providers.  The resulting hodgepodge of purchased care deals and requirements, in the wake of the Choice Act and rising demand …

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VA Makes Yet Another Error

VA still plans to demote and reassign Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, but the department has to restart the disciplinary process because it failed to provide the two employees with all the information regarding their punishment during the notice period.  “During a review of the appeals, agency counsel discovered that, due to an administrative error, one of the five binders …

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House Starts Hearings on Military Health Care Reform

On Thursday, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing to review the current state of TRICARE and the Military Health System and to identify areas that need improvement. Chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), stated in opening remarks that the panel’s on-going review of military health care is NOT driven by budgetary …

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All Military Jobs Open for Women

“There will be no exceptions,” Carter said, ending months of speculation that some combat units, especially in the Marine Corps, would continue to bar women from their ranks. The 21st-century military must draw on “the broadest possible pool of talent,” he said.  “This includes women, because they make up over 50 percent of the American population.  To succeed in our …

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Higher drug co-pays among new military health care changes

by Patricia Kime | Military Times | Mike Gooding | 13News Now Congress is promising to launch a sweeping reform of the military health system next year, but lawmakers still made a few near-term tweaks to military medical policy in the 2016 Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama just before Thanksgiving. Among those tweaks: An increase in the amount …

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