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Obama signs Veterans' Emergency Care Act

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Obama signs Veterans' Emergency Care Act

Earlier this week, President Obama signed into law the Veterans’ Emergency Fairness Act of 2009. This important legislation amends existing statutes to allow the VA to reimburse eligible veterans for portions of emergency treatment that are not covered by their private insurance. Before this change in law, VA could only pay outside hospitals directly, or reimburse veterans in cases where they did not have private health insurance.

“Many veterans enrolled in VA health care have limited private health insurance, and this new legislation helps to correct previous inequities in the law, and helps to ensure that a trip to the emergency room doesn’t cause financial ruin for those who honorably and selflessly served this nation,” said American Legion National Commander Clarence Hill.

“The American Legion appreciates Congress recognizing the need for this legislation and the president for acting quickly to sign it into law,” said Hill.

This legislation, introduced by Senator Daniel Akaka, D- Hawaii, also allows VA to reimburse veterans retroactively for emergency care received before the bill’s passage.

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joe johnston

June 6, 2012 - 7:33pm

THE V.A. HOSP.IN DECATUR ,GA. DONT ABOUT THIS LAW.MAYBE THE HEAD MAN OF THE VA SHOULD SEND THEM A LETTER,I WAS IN THE E.R. OF A PRIVATE HOSP.THEY REFUSED TO PAY FOR MY 6 DAY STAY I HAD PNEUMONIA,AND HEART FAILURE.UNDER THE LAW THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO PAY FOR IT,OR REIMBURSE MEDICARE,if u know anything diff.im at jjj188@att.net

theirishace

February 9, 2011 - 12:07pm

Can anyone provide any update of this legislation which was signed into law over a year ago?

theirishace

February 4, 2010 - 9:58am

Can anyone determine how far back the Veterans Emergency Care Fairness Act of 2009 will cover for retroactive emergency treatments? I have called the VA and nobody there seems to know. I was rushed to the emergency room of a private hospital in September 2008 and incurred substantial out of pocket costs. If eligble, I want to pursue reimbursement.

Joyfulness

April 29, 2010 - 4:13pm

For you information, I believe that the retroactive reimbursements for emergency roon care will date back to May 2000

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