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I am providing a link to something I find very disturbing. It is in reference to VA wanting veterans even with combat injuries to start paying for there own health care through private insurance. Something is starting to stink.

I am not posting this to start political war and I told you so or anything of that nature. This proposal to me is a real slap in the face and it is causing a real uproar.

If Tbird or any of moderatores want to delete this post or lock it, I don't have a problem with that and I hope I wont be kicked out of Hadit. I think everyone should be aware of what is going on. Thanks.

T&B

http://www.military.com/news/article/vets-...l=1186032307786

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I have read that that proposal is DOA in the Congress. No congressman is going to vote for this if he has vets in his district. It is not going to happen.

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AKAKA: VA, NOT PRIVATE INSURERS, ARE OBLIGATED TO PAY FOR COMBAT INJURIES

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today in opposition to a proposal to shift the responsibility to pay for care for service-connected injuries from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to the private insurers of wounded veterans:

“VA’s sacred duty is to care for veterans injured in honorable service to our nation, and the department should not turn to wounded warriors’ private insurance to pay for combat injures. Under my Chairmanship, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee will not advance any such legislation,” said Akaka.

Akaka’s statement follows the submission of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s views and estimates on the budget to the Senate Budget Committee yesterday. The views and estimates were signed by Chairman Akaka, Ranking Member Richard Burr, and a majority of the Committee members. Last week, Akaka applauded the overall increase President Obama has proposed for VA, as well as his plans to improve services, expand care, and target problem areas within the Department.

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There was just a story on Fox news on this-

some military guy said that Medicare could be billed for VA patients care- he added- after all every working American pays into Medicare-(and certainly military credits go towards it)

(Say what?) he forgot to add that Medicare kicks in at age 65 or after you have been declared totally disabled for 2 years-by the SSA-

I kind of think that there is also a 10 year pay-in period too-maybe that is SSA but I used to get SSA and Medicare statements telling me I was qualified when I retire for Medicare and SSA.

What about these men and women returning from Iraq who are TDIU already but cannot wait for 2 years to get Medicare to kick in?

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Well, we know this part is BS

"Under current policy, veterans are responsible for health care costs that are unrelated to their military service. Exceptions in some cases can be made for veterans without private insurance or who are 100 percent disabled."

As any veteran that is over 50% service connected has all of his/her medical taken care of!

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This post will be allowed to stand as long as no one

begins to take it to partisian politics.

Also, FYI - this has already been going on for years.

Also, FYI - there are facts mentioned in this article that are incorrect.

carlie

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Insurance lobbyists won't allow this. It is very difficult to get an insurance company to pay on a pre-existing health condition as it is. Vertually no active duty soldiers will have private health insurance and many guard and reserve will not. Thus the majority of combat related injuries will be a pre-existing condition to most veterans private health insurance.

It's business.

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