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AP: Veterans Affairs OKs More Private Care for Veterans
Breitbart's Big Government / The Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2014

Posted on 05/24/2014 2:41:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The Obama administration said Saturday it will allow more veterans to obtain health care at private hospitals and clinics in an effort to improve their treatment.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki also said VA facilities are enhancing capacity of their clinics so veterans can get care sooner. In cases where officials cannot expand capacity at VA centers, the Department of Veterans Affairs is "increasing the care we acquire in the community through non-VA care," Shinseki said.

Lawmakers from both parties have pressed for this policy change as the VA confronts allegations about treatment delays and falsified records at VA centers nationwide....

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: obama; scandal; shinseki; veterans

1 posted on 05/24/2014 2:41:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

veterans should be the most and best cared for people in America !

a campaign to get that done is necessary. whatever it takes.


2 posted on 05/24/2014 2:51:43 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

why don’t they just get networks of providers that already sell polices to sell one for VA compensated care? why should the government compete against the .com or .org sectors by having its own hospitals which they frankly suck at running??


3 posted on 05/24/2014 2:52:37 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"The Obama administration said Saturday it will allow more veterans to obtain health care at private hospitals and clinics in an effort to improve their treatment. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki also said VA facilities are enhancing capacity of their clinics so veterans can get care sooner."

Sure sounds like they're gonn'a hop right on it, doesn't it ?

4 posted on 05/24/2014 2:54:28 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: RitchieAprile

Because then veterans will be like Medicaid and Obamacare enrollees. Holding a piece of paper with no doctors that will honor it.


5 posted on 05/24/2014 2:55:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My 85 year old father in law uses the VA as his primary care and was informed two days ago he may now get his cataracts repaired at a private doctor and the VA will cover the procedure.


6 posted on 05/24/2014 2:55:52 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: dainbramaged

The VA clinic here forced me to ride an ambulance to a nearby private hospital for a bad leg infection in early April. I just got the statement and I pay nothing. Terrible food, since they had me on their diabetic diet, but great care from the minute I got there to 4 days later when I left.


7 posted on 05/24/2014 3:01:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: RitchieAprile

Example:

Californians gripe about Obamacare enrollment snags, lack of doctors
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3159799/posts


8 posted on 05/24/2014 3:12:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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I finally decided to apply for my VA medical benefits about 6 - 7 months ago when I got home here in Miss. A couple of days ago I got a call from the local VA Outpatient Clinic to set up an initial screening. I have an appointment for next Thursday. My wife and have heard good news about this clinics service and their ability to get patients access to local services and even doctors who say they are no longer taking new patients. I am in generally good health except for a hip problem which at times limits my activities.

I am also covered by my wife’s health plan at Wal-Mart and Medicare. She says I am really over covered.

I hope what we have heard about this clinic’s service turns out to be fact.


9 posted on 05/24/2014 3:13:51 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Red_Devil 232

I haven’t had an American-born primary physician since I left the Army in 1983. Having said that, something is better than nothing.


10 posted on 05/24/2014 3:17:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From the article: "The Obama administration said Saturday it will allow more veterans to obtain health care at private hospitals and clinics in an effort to improve their treatment. "

Viewed slightly differently:

"The Obama administration said Saturday that it will no longer disallow veterans from obtaining health care at private hospitals and clinics due to sub-standard treatment."

What is it they say? "A government powerful enough to give you everything you want, is powerful enough to take everything you have."

If Obama truly has the power to allow veterans to obtain care in the private sector, why has he failed to use this power when we know now that its use was essential to the welfare of veterans.

11 posted on 05/24/2014 3:29:16 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Verify before trusting anything these clowns say...on a Saturday?


12 posted on 05/24/2014 3:30:37 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: Red_Devil 232

That’s something I don’t understand. You should be able to walk in with a DD214 and immediately be put into the system. That’s the way it happened with me. The lady put my name in the computer and a few weeks later I had an appointment.


13 posted on 05/24/2014 3:47:13 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I had an American/caucasion PCP three docs back. He was totally worthless. He was elderly and he’d only been with the VA a few months and apparently didn’t stay long.


14 posted on 05/24/2014 3:49:29 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: VerySadAmerican

I signed up on line. And received an acceptance letter within two weeks saying they would contact me with a date for my first screening. So I waited.


15 posted on 05/24/2014 4:06:25 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: VerySadAmerican
If you have a verifiable service related disability you may receive additional tax-free compensation in addition to treatment.


16 posted on 05/24/2014 4:07:48 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So they announce this on a holiday weekend...


17 posted on 05/24/2014 4:11:01 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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PghBaldy said: "So they announce this on a holiday weekend..."

Not just any holiday ...

18 posted on 05/24/2014 4:21:19 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: VerySadAmerican

A 214 doesn’t get you anything. You have to be service connected disabled to use the VA. If you have 50 percent you get fill coverage if less you get your disability covered. The whole process took me about 18 months to get approved once
I retired.


19 posted on 05/24/2014 4:38:22 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: darkwing104

I’ve applied for that since I recently learned that I was exposed to agent orange. I’ve got heart eschemia, diabetes and neuropathy. These three are on the list. I’ve read that if you were exposed it’s “assumed” that your maladies were caused by the toxin. I’ve read other places that you have to prove they were caused by the toxin. I’m sure I’ll be getting a rejection letter in a few weeks. They told me they’d have an answer by then.


20 posted on 05/24/2014 4:42:38 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: dainbramaged

I had an eye operation done by a civilian doctor last July. The VA would not cover that operation because my vision was not yet bad enough. The VA doctors were very apologetic, but said they had to follow Medicare guidelines or get fired.

$5,500


21 posted on 05/24/2014 4:47:21 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: america-rules

I have no service connected disability and get full coverage. I pay $9 per 30 day prescription and get two doctor checkups per year for free. And since I’m diabetic I get eye glasses for free.

There is a $25 charge if I go in with a cold. And I think I have to pay $1,100 or something like that if I’m in the hospital more than ten days. Not sure of the exact terms.

It probably has to do with when we served. I was in from ‘69 to ‘73. I think it’s different for those who served after ‘74.


22 posted on 05/24/2014 8:32:17 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: VerySadAmerican

Correction. I did download the forms on line and filled them out and mailed them in.


23 posted on 05/25/2014 6:18:12 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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