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Health Reform and the 111th Congress

Description: This report presents basic background information on health insurance that may be useful to legislators considering health insurance reforms. It describes health insurance reform approaches and provides brief descriptions of health insurance reform bills introduced in the 111th Congress.
Date: February 25, 2010
Creator: Chaikind, Hinda
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Health Care: Project HERO Implementation

Description: This report first provides a brief overview of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, followed by a overview of Project HERO (Healthcare Effectiveness through Resource Optimization). Second, it discusses the current fee basis care process, as well as the implementation of Project HERO. The report concludes with a discussion of observations on the implementation of Project HERO based on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Humana Veterans Healthcare Services (HVHS) perspectives.
Date: February 3, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Health Administration: Community- Based Outpatient Clinics

Description: This report provides an overview of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rationale in establishing Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), describes how they are managed and administered, discusses medical services provided at CBOCs, and summarizes what is known about the quality and cost of providing care in CBOCs compared to primary care clinics at VA Medical Centers. Lastly, it describes the process for developing a new CBOC.
Date: January 28, 2010
Creator: Viranga Panangala, Sidath
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Concurrent Receipt: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report addresses the two primary components of the concurrent receipt program: Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) and Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP). It reviews the possible legislative expansion of the program to additional populations and provide several potential options for Congress to consider.
Date: January 22, 2010
Creator: Henning, Charles A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Medical Care: FY2010 Appropriations

Description: This report focuses on funding for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VHA is primarily a direct service provider of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services to veterans through the nation's largest integrated health care system. Eligibility for VA health care is based primarily on previous military service, disability, and income.
Date: January 21, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

CRS Issue Statement on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations

Description: The closing, reduction in scope, or expansion of military installations on domestic soil and overseas, the privatization of government-built military housing, the provision of benefits and medical care to eligible veterans, and the redeployment of military units to the United States from overseas garrisons have drawn congressional attention in recent sessions. The funds to support all of these activities are provided by the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act debated annually in both chambers.
Date: January 15, 2010
Creator: Else, Daniel H.; Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Scott, Christine
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

CRS Issue Statement on Veterans' Benefits

Description: Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom are the largest sustained ground combat missions undertaken by the United States since the Vietnam War. Over 1.7 million service members have been deployed to these two theaters of operation. Since FY2002, more than 1.0 million veterans have left active duty making them potentially eligible for benefits and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Obama Administration has begun the process of drawing down forces from Iraq and surging the number of combat forces in Afghanistan. These factors will have a continued impact on VA health care, disability, education, vocational rehabilitation, employment and housing benefits. The 2nd Session of the 111th Congress will continue to focus on the treatment and compensation of this latest generation of veterans as well as aging veterans from previous conflicts.
Date: January 13, 2010
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

U.S. Periods of War

Description: This report lists the beginning and ending dates for "periods of war" found in Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations, dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It also lists and differentiates other beginning dates given in declarations of war, as well as termination of hostilities dates and armistice and ending dates given in proclamations, laws, or treaties.
Date: January 7, 2010
Creator: Salazar Torreon, Barbara
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Affairs: Basic Eligibility for Disability Benefit Programs

Description: This report examines the eligibility criteria and the fundamentals of the VA-administered disability benefit programs and related issues. It supplements and condenses the relevant materials that are available from the VA and its website. It also provides specific citations for further information and more in-depth analysis of information contained herein.
Date: November 25, 2009
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Affairs: Health Care and Benefits for Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

Description: This report provides an overview of health care services and disability compensation benefits available to Vietnam veterans, Children of Vietnam Era veterans, and non-Vietnam veterans exposed to herbicides. This is followed by a discussion of the recent litigation pertaining to Navy veterans of the Vietnam Era who served offshore and were never physically present on Vietnamese soil.
Date: October 30, 2009
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V. & Weimer, Douglas R.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Health Reform and the 111th Congress

Description: This report presents basic background information on health insurance that may be useful to legislators considering health insurance reforms. It describes health insurance reform approaches and provides brief descriptions of health insurance reform bills introduced in the 111th Congress.
Date: October 14, 2009
Creator: Chaikind, Hinda
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Benefits: Federal Employment Assistance

Description: This report provides a brief overview of federal programs and policies specifically targeted to help veterans seeking employment in the civilian economy.
Date: October 6, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans' Benefits: Benefits Available for Disabled Veterans

Description: This report provides information on benefits for disabled veterans, including eligibility, history, and the application process. Information regarding spending and the beneficiaries of these benefits is in the Appendix to this report.
Date: July 31, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine & Davis, Carol D.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans and Homelessness

Description: The current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought renewed attention to the needs of veterans, including the needs of homeless veterans. As the number of veterans increases due to the current wars, there is concern that the number of homeless veterans could rise commensurately. The current economic downturn also has raised concerns that homelessness could increase among all groups, including veterans. Several issues regarding veterans and homelessness have become prominent, in part because of the current conflicts, which this report discusses in detail.
Date: June 26, 2009
Creator: Perl, Libby
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Concurrent Receipt: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report addresses the two primary components of the concurrent receipt program: Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) and Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP). It reviews the possible legislative expansion of the program to additional populations and provide several potential options for Congress to consider.
Date: May 21, 2009
Creator: Henning, Charles A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans' Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

Description: This report describes several pension benefit programs for veterans and their families, including the eligibility criteria and current benefit levels.
Date: March 23, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine & Davis, Carol D.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans' Benefits: The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

Description: This report describes Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service (VR&E) program services available to veterans with service-connected disabilities and to their families. It provides information about eligibility and entitlement, the application process, and resources available through other agencies. A brief history of the program is also provided.
Date: March 12, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine & Davis, Carol D.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Overview of Filipino Veterans' Benefits

Description: This report defines the four specific groups (Regular Philippine Scouts, Commonwealth Army of the Philippines, Recognized Guerilla Forces, and New Philippine Scouts) of Filipino nationals who served under the command of the United States. It also outlines the Rescission Acts of 1946, benefit changes since 1946, current benefits for Filipino veterans by group, and recent legislative proposals and legislation, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, P.L. 111-5).
Date: February 20, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine; Viranga Panangala, Sidath & Davis, Carol D.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Veterans Affairs: The Appeal Process for Veterans' Claims

Description: This report discusses the appeal process for veterans who are denied veteran's affairs claims. It ends with discussion of legislation considered in the 111th Congress to modify the process.
Date: February 6, 2009
Creator: Weimer, Douglas R.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Disability Evaluation of Military Servicemembers

Description: This report is intended as a primer to describe disability evaluation in general, including evaluations used by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in addition to civilian evaluations used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and by workers' compensation programs. It also describes the DOD and VA disability rating processes in greater detail as well as recent congressional and executive actions and recommendations regarding DOD and VA disability evaluations.
Date: January 27, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine; Panangala, Sidath V.; Henning, Charles A. & Szymendera, Scott
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department