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Vets Refuse To Wait Any Longer, Sue The VA For Medical Records (Daily Caller)

The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to flat-out ignore requests for medical records.On Monday, seven veterans decided to put an end to the wait and filed suit against the VA for unreasonable delay in accessing their medical records. Their requests, initiated over 300 days ago, are still pending. One of the veterans has been waiting 800 days, Military.com reports. [more]

Released 4/21/15 | Tags:

Lawsuit demands VA turn over missing medical records (Military Times)

Seven disabled veterans who say they have waited hundreds of days to see their medical files are suing the Veterans Affairs Department over the delay, saying it already has potentially cost them thousands of dollars in payouts. The lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is the latest in a series of legal actions against VA leaders over how disability claims are handled. [more]

Released 4/20/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Lawsuit: Long delay in getting VA medical records could affect crucial benefits (Stars and Stripes)

Seven disabled veterans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming they have been waiting for their medical records for 10 months to more than two years, potentially delaying crucial benefits. The suit was filed Monday by the National Veterans Legal Services Program on behalf of the veterans, who come from across the country. Filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the suit asks that the VA produce the plaintiffs’ records within 20 days. [more]

Released 4/20/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

VA Sued for Delays in Providing Veterans With Health Records (Military.com)

A veterans' organization and a public advocacy group filed suit in federal court on Monday against the Veterans Affairs Department, claiming the agency has kept some veterans waiting longer than two years for records needed to apply for benefits. "Veterans who have been injured and disabled in combat should not be forced to wait months or years to receive their records from the VA so they can apply for disability benefits," Bart Stichman, co-founder and co-executive director of National Veterans Legal Services Program, said in a statement. [more]

Released 4/20/15 | Tags:

Interview: Ron Abrams, Joint Executive Director, NVLSP (Federal News Radio)

A number of veterans organization are suing the Veterans Affairs Department over a new rule regarding disability claims. The rule only went into effect a week ago, but the lawsuit claims it's eliminated most informal VA claims, and limits the types of claims VA can adjudicate. One change means that letters written into VA no longer count as claims; now everything has to be on a standardized form. Ron Abrams is a former VA staff member, and now the joint executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lawsuit and its ramifications. [more]

Released 4/13/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

New VA rule threatens disability benefits; NVLSP offers tip to safeguard them (Veterans Life)

A rule by the Department of Veterans Affairs recently came into effect, which will end much of the informal claims process for VA disability benefits. The rule, according to a press release issued by the National Veterans Legal Services Program, became effective March 24, 2015, and limits the types of inferred claims VA will allow, leaving “injured and disabled veterans at a serious disadvantage when applying for VA disability compensation.” The NVLSP press release states that there are two aspects of the rule that are particularly important: First, the rule eliminates the right of a veteran to initiate the VA adjudication process by writing a plain letter to the VA seeking a specific benefit; and second, the VA will now severely limit the type of benefits that will be adjudicated when presented with a disability benefits claim. [more]

Released 4/8/15 | Tags:

New VA Forms ‘Obliterated’ Non-Adversarial Process (Blog)

Many veterans organizations claim the new VA forms required to file disability compensation claims “obliterated” the non-adversarial process VA is required to adhere to. Ron Abrams, head of NVLSP, stated: “This is the essence of the non-adversarial process VA is supposed to have,” he said. “VA is supposed to be a friend of the veteran. If they find something else in the file that helps vets, they point it out and take care of it. Now, they’ve obliterated that. This is now a system of VA against the veterans, and the veterans will be hurt.” [more]

Released 4/2/15 | Tags:

Senator Blumenthal to Deliver Remarks On Veterans Health Care Challenges (Yale Law School)

Senator Richard Blumenthal ’73 will speak at Yale Law School on April 2 during an event about the crisis and reform efforts surrounding the Veterans Health Administration. Panelists will include Carolyn Clancy, MD, Interim Under Secretary for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs (by video conference); Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, Professor of Health Policy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Heather Sandler, MSW, Senior Constituent Liaison, Office of Senator Richard Blumenthal; and Bart Stichman, JD, LLM, Joint Executive Director, National Veterans Legal Services Program. [more]

Released 4/1/15 | Tags:

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