Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Report: Vets Pay More for Health Care

Report: Vets Pay More for Health Care
Week of July 21, 2008

A government report found that former U.S. soldiers who were disabled fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and who live far from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or Defense Department hospitals and rehabilitation centers pay more for health care than other veterans. The report says that because of this "inequity," Congress should pass legislation waiving the requirement for disabled soldiers to pay premiums to enroll in the federal Medicare program. The report also urged the Defense Department to create an office to ensure that injured Soldiers have a "seamless transition" as they transfer out of the military health care system and into the system operated by the VA.

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