NBC: Court rules VA must pay for veterans’ emergency room care, a decision that may be worth billions

“The Department of Veterans Affairs must reimburse veterans for emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, a federal appeals court ruled Monday — a decision that could be worth billions of dollars to veterans.”

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims said the VA has been wrongfully denying reimbursement to veterans who sought emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, and struck down an internal VA regulation that blocked those payments…”

“In 2015, the court struck down a previous version of the internal VA regulation that refused any coverage for an emergency claim when another form of insurance covered even a small part of the bill. The court said the regulation violated a 2010 federal law.”

“Monday’s ruling found the department had violated the same federal law with its revision of the reimbursement regulation. The panel saidthe new rule, issued in January 2018, actually created another obstacle for veterans by forbidding the VA from reimbursing medical expenses for emergency services at non-VA facilities…” Read the full article here.

Source: Court rules VA must pay for veterans’ emergency room care, a decision that may be worth billions – By Courtney Kube, Mosheh Gains and Adiel Kaplan, September 10, 2019. NBC News.

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