Military.com: Lawmakers Push for Quick Fix for Veterans Wrongly Billed for $53M in Emergency Care

“More than 30 Senate and House members from both parties pressed Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie on Monday for a quick fix to accounting errors that may have wrongly forced thousands of veterans to pay for more than $50 million in treatment at non-VA emergency facilities.”

“In a letter to Wilkie, the bipartisan group referred to a report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General last week charging that the department may have wrongly billed about 17,400 veterans for at least $53.3 million over a six-month period in 2017…”

“The IG’s report estimated “that if corrective actions are not taken, these errors could result in $533 million in improper underpayments to claimants over five years” for care at non-VA emergency rooms.”

“In addition, the IG found that the VA failed to inform many veterans their claims had been rejected or denied, or of their right to appeal these decisions.”

“The IG’s 70-page report, titled “Non-VA Emergency Care Claims Inappropriately Denied and Rejected…” Read the full article here.

Source: Lawmakers Push for Quick Fix for Veterans Wrongly Billed for $53M in Emergency Care – By Richard Sisk, August 12, 2019. Military.com.

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