NVLSP Press Releases
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims ruling will stand, NVLSP offers advice for veterans with prior denials for emergency medical care reimbursement
NVLSP has won $2 billion for hundreds of thousands of veterans who received emergency medical care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and were wrongfully denied reimbursement by the VA for the emergency medical expenses they incurred. In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, VA Secretary David Shulkin announced that the VA would “voluntarily withdraw” its appeal in the legal case, Staab v. Shulkin, that required VA to reimburse these veterans. [more]
Released 6/16/17 | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits
US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Agrees with NVLSP Argument
WASHINGTON – On Friday, a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims struck down a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulation that VA had been relying upon since 2009 to deny reimbursement requests from veterans who incurred emergency medical care costs outside the VA healthcare system. The Court’s decision rebuked the VA, emphasizing that VA’s reimbursement regulation became “wholly inconsistent” with the governing statute when Congress amended it in 2009, but thereafter the VA unlawfully “declined to remedy this inconsistency.” [more]
Released 4/11/16 | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
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NVLSP News Articles
Released 4/16/18 at The Military Report (Military.com) | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
For years, the non-profit National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) screened Board of Veterans' Appeals decisions, seeking a case involving denial of disability compensation to a veteran suffering from chronic service-related pain but due to a condition that doctors couldn't diagnose. Such a case has arisen, and its outcome, if it stands, could benefit thousands of veterans who have had VA compensation claims for pain denied for lack of a medical diagnosis. [more]
Released 4/15/18 at The Ontario Argus Observer | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits
The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, has overturned a 19-year-old precedent that was used in more than 11,000 claim denials which stated that the claiming veterans “had to have clear medical diagnosis connected to their pain in order to be eligible for those disability payouts.” [more]
Released 4/12/18 at Military Update/The News Tribune | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits
In May 2016 the NVLSP found the promising case it sought. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided it favorably for Army veteran Melba Saunders. The April 3 ruling in Saunders v. Wilkie, if it stands, could benefit thousands of veterans who have had VA compensation claims for pain denied for lack of a medical diagnosis. [more]
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