Health Benefits

New Disability Benefit Questionnaires Hope to Improve Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the release of 68 new forms in an effort to help speed the processing of Veterans’ disability compensation and pension claims. These new forms bring the total of disability benefits questionnaires (DBQ) to 71, a number that sounds more daunting than helpful. The new forms hope to streamline …

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Tricare Could Cover New Drug Substitution Therapy

  For decades, service members have been prescribed painkillers to deal with various ailments and injuries. Unfortunately, with these drugs being so readily available, dependency sneaks up on the road to recovery. For those using Tricare there may now be a solution to this problem. A proposed change by the Department of Defense could enable …

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New Research for Gulf War Syndrome Approved

  With Agent Orange issues finally being addressed, Congress has dedicated $10 million dollars to research Gulf War illnesses. This has subsided concerns about fitting new research into the budget. This research is different than recent ventures because it is not directed by the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA …

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Veterans Affairs Department Under Scrutiny Regarding Mental Health

  The Veterans Affairs Committee has recently asked the Veterans Affairs Department inspector general to investigate alleged failings in providing timely mental health care appointments for former service members. The request comes after a Nov. 30 hearing at which a VA employee said some VA providers “game the system” to ensure they meet timeliness standards. …

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Agent Orange Claims Grow Rapidly, Costs Follow Suit

  More than 40 years have passed since the U.S. military used Agent Orange in Vietnam, but only in recent years have health care costs escalated rapidly. In a report by The Institute of Medicine, an association between exposure to Agent Orange and illnesses including soft-tissue sarcoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma and …

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