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VA May Be Forced to Pay Billions in Veterans’ ER Bills After Court Ruling

Released 9/19/19 at Military.com | Tags: Class Actions, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits

A federal court has ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs wrongly denied reimbursements to veterans who received emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, a decision that could result in payouts to veterans totaling billions. U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims judges wrote Monday that VA's reimbursement regulations, which were instituted in 2018, violated a law that requires VA to approve veterans' claims for emergency room expenses not covered by private insurance.

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