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Got my forms from the VA today to file for ptsd and they have a new pilot program started called Expedited Claims Adjudication Initiative . Is anyone familiar with this and is this a better and faster way to go ?

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i just did that this fall. i didnt have any issues with it. make sure u overkill on the info provided. meaning that if u can anticipate them asking for something, send it in the first time. mine went thru without any issue. it was about 2 wks longer than the 30 days but hey = after the amount of time most folks wait, im good with it!

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§20.1501 Rule 1501. Definitions.

For purposes of this subpart, the following definitions apply:

(a) Initiative means the Expedited Claims Adjudication Initiative as promulgated by this subpart.

(b) Participant means any eligible claimant who elects to participate in the Initiative by executing, with his or her representative, an Expedited Claims Adjudication Initiative Agreement and Waiver of Rights as provided in §20.1503 of this part.

© Covered claim or covered claims means any claim or claims, as described in §20.1502© of this part, that a participant elects to have processed under the rules governing the Initiative, including any downstream element of the claim(s), such as assignment of a disability rating and effective date, and any claim that is inextricably intertwined with a covered claim.

(d) Representative means an accredited representative of a recognized Veterans Service Organization or an accredited attorney or agent, as set forth in part 14 of this chapter, for whom a claimant has properly executed and filed a VA Form 21-22, “Appointment of Veterans Service Organization as Claimant’s Representative,” or a VA Form 21-22a, “Appointment of Individual as Claimant’s Representative,” as required by §14.631 of this chapter.

(e) Participating VA regional office means one of the following four VA regional offices: Nashville, Tennessee; Lincoln, Nebraska; Seattle, Washington; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The jurisdiction of the Nashville, Lincoln, and Seattle regional offices extends to residents of Tennessee, Nebraska, and Washington, respectively. The jurisdiction of the Philadelphia regional office extends to residents of the 40 easternmost counties of Pennsylvania and residents of the seven southernmost counties of New Jersey. For purposes of this Initiative only, the jurisdiction of these regional offices extends only to a covered claim, as described in §20.1502© of this part. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501(a))

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Subpart P — Expedited Claims Adjudication Initiative – Pilot Program

Source: 73 Fed. Reg. 65732, November 5, 2008, unless otherwise indicated.

Supplement Highlights reference: 87(1)

§20.1500 Rule 1500. Expedited Claims Adjudication Initiative.

(a) Purpose. The Expedited Claims Adjudication Initiative is a pilot program designed to streamline the claims adjudication and appeals process. This subpart establishes procedures governing this Initiative.

(b) Outline of Initiative. This Initiative allows eligible claimants to voluntarily participate in an alternative claims adjudication program as set forth in this subpart, which is predicated on the claimant’s waiver of certain identified statutory and regulatory time limits, procedural rights, and processing issues that may arise.

© Scope. Except as specifically provided in this subpart, claims processed under this Initiative will be adjudicated according to the procedures outlined in part 3 of this chapter, and appeals will be processed according to the Appeals Regulations and Rules of Practice, as outlined in parts 19 and 20 of this chapter. Any matter not otherwise covered by this subpart will be governed by existing rules in this title.

(d) Duration. The Secretary will accept an executed Agreement and Waiver of Rights as provided in §20.1503 of this part for a period not to exceed 2 years from December 5, 2008. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501(a))

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