Category: Affordable Care Act – VA Medical Benefits

News about the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and how it relates to your VA Medical Benefits.

VA News Release

VA expands Veteran access to telehealth with iPad services

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new collaboration with Apple to increase Veterans’ access to virtual care benefits. VA’s iPad program provides qualifying Veterans with cellular-enabled iPads to access telehealth services and currently helps more than 50,000 Veterans across the country connect to VA health care services virtually. “VA will continue working diligently to provide Veterans with the… Read more
VA Electronic Healthcare

VA rolls out new patient-appointment tool, as part of electronic health record modernization transformation

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new appointment scheduling tool Aug. 21 at the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System to make medical visits more efficient for care providers and Veterans. A critical component of VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) effort, the Centralized Scheduling Solution (CSS) will be implemented at all VA health facilities to expedite patient-care coordination throughout the department. “VA has delivered an enhanced scheduling system that will benefit Veterans and health care… Read more
COVID-19 Stimulus Package: (Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security "Cares" Act)

VA Expands Funding For At Risk Veterans

VA expands funding for emergency response for Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness during COVID-19 pandemic WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it is allocating an additional $400 million of its coronavirus relief funding to enhance the department’s emergency relief response for Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. The… Read more
VA-Mobile-VetCenters

VA deploys Mobile Vet Centers to increase outreach during COVID-19 Outbreak

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began deploying Mobile Vet Center units, the week of March 16, to expand direct counseling, outreach and care coordination to Veterans in communities affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first of the mobile units was dispatched to various cities to include boroughs in New York City, a second unit was sent… Read more
Covid19

VA Releases COVID-19 Response Plan

WASHINGTON – The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made public, March 27, the COVID-19 Response Plan it is executing within its medical facilities to protect Veterans, their families and staff.    VA deems the plan a valuable tool that’s useful for the nationwide medical community. The “For Official Use Only” designation has been removed from the plan, making it… Read more
VA News Release

VA to Take Immediate Actions on Timely Payments to Community Providers

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a series of immediate actions to improve the timeliness of payments to community providers. The actions will address the issue of delayed payments head-on and produce sustainable fixes that solve ongoing payment issues that affect Veterans, community providers and other VA partners. “It is vital to the health of… Read more
VA Secretary Shulkin

Funding to Increase Veterans Access to Health Care and Strengthen VA Workforce

“On behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the nation’s Veterans, I want to commend the leadership of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees on their agreement on legislation that will greatly benefit Veterans. Recently, I notified the committees of an issue that arose from Veterans’ increased use of the Veterans Choice program. Because of this surge… Read more