Covert Rule Denies Benefits to Veterans
February 20, 2018
As an Honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, you’ve earned the right for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay for most of your medical care if needed. It’s part of the contract for joining the military and risking your life on a daily basis. Either in constant training or on the battle field, you lived a life on the edge for your entire military experience. Some of those experiences led to injury, and a life time of physical and mental ailments, resulting in some veterans seeking help from the VA. Too often, the help is denied, and here’s why that happens.
A recent investigation by a Georgia media outlet uncovered a nasty little rule that results in veterans not getting the care or compensation they deserve. The rule has resulted in the VA denying paying for thousands of emergency room visits for veterans over the past few years. It seems, veterans were denied emergency room coverage because they did not visit the VA often enough.
It’s a covert rule covered under a law called the Millennium Act that was passed in 1999.
A 2014 Government Accountability Office report found that most veterans are not aware of the Millennium Act.
The Millennium Act may have been designed to discourage disabled veterans from racing long distances to the nearest VA hospital when they need emergency treatment, according to a GAO report.
See details of the Millennium Act below.
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