The VA should be the fulfillment of a promise: health care in the service of those way we claim to honor most, those who have worn the uniform and offered the last, full measure of their worth for their nation. It has become, in reality, a vending machine.
As of August 22, 2015, the average length of time to complete a fully developed claim (FDC) for VA benefits was 141.1 days. What does "fully developed" mean? It means all the i's dotted and all the t's crossed. It means all the evidence supporting the claim is filed when the claim is initiated, there's no additional evidence, and it's filed electronically.
For many years I helped patients improve their sleep using non-pharmacological treatments. In 2010, I was asked to join a team of eight sleep experts from around the nation to help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) develop training to make insomnia treatment more accessible to Veterans. That experience changed everything for me.
Mr. President, on behalf of those in the nation who need this type of prosthetic care to live full and productive lives and support themselves and their families, I ask you to look at these issues which are creating barriers to care, delaying, and in some cases, denying prosthetic care to Americans with limb loss.
Remember when we were all up in arms over the VA's staggering backlog of Veterans' claims for benefits, almost a million at its peak in 2012? Images of VA offices with towers of unprocessed claims on desks, chairs and stacks of claims on the floor flooded the media. Remember? Paper, paper everywhere.
The bill may even be more relevant for aging Vietnam-era veterans who have been disconnected from the system for decades and now need medical care in their later years.
The reality is that while the number has been decreasing, as recently as a few months ago, there were still more suicides per day among veterans stateside than deaths in active combat overseas (22 per day).
Despite its utilization over the past 34 years and the advancements in the science behind the procedure, the politics and "social acceptance" of undergoing IVF have not changed much at all.
For the first time, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) Act of 2015 is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress.
In a rush to assist poorly served veterans, many in Congress are supporting legislation to quickly fire the "bad apples" at the Department of Veterans Affairs. These lawmakers have the right intention -- improved care for veterans -- but their remedy will do far more harm than good.
One number: 22. That's all it took to transform Ellen Goosenberg Kent from a filmmaker to a woman on a mission. "When I heard that 22 veterans are killing themselves every day, I thought: This is outrageous. That's almost one every hour. I had to do something," she said.
Many people with Medicare find that they are paying a hefty amount for their drugs, even with prescription drug coverage. Drug companies have considerable power to set high prices for many drugs. Here are tips for keeping your costs down.
King is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, now before the US Supreme Court, designed to kill Obamacare. If the Supreme Court rules against it, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance. But not Mr. King.
Our national values demand that we assist the families of our men and women in uniform, especially at the time of their greatest need. That's why I'm proud to support the Fisher House Foundation, which has helped service members and veterans receiving hospital care be with their families for over two decades.
New York is home of 9/11, but it's also home to both a mayor and governor who seem more disconnected and insulated from the veteran community that have served it before and after that tragic day.
After Rep. Mike Coffman suggested that if leaders of the VA were put in charge of ISIS, they would be too incompetent to keep track of beheadings, neither of the radio hosts who conducted the interview questioned Coffman about whether the Congressman's comments were appropriate.