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KARE 11 Investigates: Senators try to force VA to pay veterans ER bills

Released 7/5/20 at KARE11 | Tags: Class Actions, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin – along with four other Democratic senators – introduced legislation this week to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for millions of dollars in medical bills for veterans who sought emergency care at non-VA hospitals nationwide.

Even though the VA lost a landmark 2016 case involving Minnesota veteran Richard Staab – and lost another case in 2019 striking down rules the VA adopted after the Staab decision – the agency still has refused to pay the disputed emergency room claims while it continues the appeal process.

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