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New Proposed Changes to VASRD



Here's a link to an article about some potentially great changes/enhancements to VASRD rating system:  https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/100285/va-proposes-updates-to-disability-rating-schedules-for-respiratory-auditory-and-mental-disorders-body-systems/

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Yeah, it's a mixed bag of proposed pros and cons, but full of controversy from veterans and pro-veteran organizations. It popped up here last month as soon as the news was released. 

Here's a link to active VA proposals on the Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/agencies/veterans-affairs-department

For these new changes, the public comment period ends April 18, 2022. A lot of public feedback has been provided. The respiratory document has over 2000 comments and the MH document has over 600.

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Yes I also read these new rating requirements as someone with a 100% rating for COPD requiring home oxygen therapy, I don't agree with the change that removes this rating.  They say they have made it eaiser to get a 100% rating for lung disease , but I don't beleive it.  Most times changes are made the va claims it is because of new medical knowledge. I don't believe this either.

As to the decision to stop rating cpap user @50% , I agree this never made sense.   The only reason I claimed my sleep apnea was because of the rating, I was already 100% so it did not net me more compensation but, it may help me later.

Ironically, and in fact even Texas had made a change to the parking laws  for DV plates, requiring them to either get a platicard, or ISA on their plates. In Texas it only takes 50% to get a free DV plate, so there was a problem with disabled parking at VA medical centers and other locations. Now since Jan 2022, most DV license plates holders will not be able to park in handicap spaces.

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