VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Improve Administration and Oversight of Veterans' Millennium Act Emergency Care Benefit

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act (Millennium Act) authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover emergency care for conditions not related to veterans' service-connected disabilities when veterans who have no other health plan coverage receive care at non-VA providers. However, GAO identified a number of instances where VA staff who processed claims did not comply with applicable requirements of the Millennium Act, its implementing regulations, or VA policies when they denied the claims. Specifically, at the four VA facilities included in this ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. March 6, 2014.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act (Millennium Act) authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover emergency care for conditions not related to veterans' service-connected disabilities when veterans who have no other health plan coverage receive care at non-VA providers. However, GAO identified a number of instances where VA staff who processed claims did not comply with applicable requirements of the Millennium Act, its implementing regulations, or VA policies when they denied the claims. Specifically, at the four VA facilities included in this review, GAO found 66 instances of noncompliance among the 128 denied claims reviewed, which led some claims to be inappropriately denied. VA facilities subsequently reconsidered and paid 25 of these claims. GAO also found that VA facilities may not be notifying veterans as required that their Millennium Act claims have been denied. Eighty-three claims out of 128 that GAO reviewed lacked documentation that the veteran was notified of the denial or of his or her appeal rights. These findings suggest that veterans whose claims have been inappropriately denied may have been held financially liable for emergency care that VA should have covered, and they may not be aware of their rights to appeal these denials."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Improve Administration and Oversight of Veterans' Millennium Act Emergency Care Benefit, report, March 6, 2014; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc296516/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.