Good Health News For Veterans...
August 25, 2009 1:52pm CST
I just recieved my monthly Legion Magazine and as I browsed the pages, I was happy to read this: Group 8 veterans invited back to VA. by Tom Philpott "The VA health-care system has lifted its six-year ban on new enrollments of Priority 8 veterans. This decision qualifies about 266,000 more veterans - middle-income without service connected health conditions - for entry into the system..... VHA is sending letters and application forms to 420,000 veterans rejected for enrollment since Jan. 18, 2003, when the Bush administration imposed a ban on new Group 8 enrollments. The letters will encourage them to re-apply.... On an initiative from Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas, Congress added $350 million to the VA budget for fiscal 2009 and ordered the department to create, in effect, a new sub-category of Group 8 veterans: those with incomes below a new national means test threshold of $32,342 (without dependents) and $5,478 for one dependent.... The Obama administration plans to continue to raise income thresholds of 5 or 10 percent through 2013, enough to allow 284,000 more of these veterans into the system...." Read the complete information on Group 8 enrollment online at: http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility or by calling (877) 222-VETS (8387). Here is an online calculator to see if you are eligible: http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/apps/enrollmentcalculator