TAKING CARE OF OUR VETERANS

Veterans and their families have made immeasurable sacrifices in defense of our nation.  Their care and protection through the COVID-19 crisis remains a top priority.  Below is an update about Veteran’s benefits during the COIVD-19 crisis and most recently from the American Rescue Plan.    

If you have additional questions or trouble receiving care from the VA, please call my office at 202-225-9901. 

THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN MAKES KEY INVESTMENTS IN OUR VETERANS  

  • Ensures veterans will not have any copays or cost-sharing for preventative treatment or services related to COVID-19 going back to April 2020and authorizes the VA to reimburse those veterans who already submitted payments for their care during this period. 

  • Includes more than $14.5 billion for VA to provide health care services and other related support – including suicide prevention, Women’s health services, telehealth expansion, medical facility improvements – to eligible veterans and allows up to $4 billion in spending for the Veterans Community Care Program.  

  • Provides nearly $400 million for up to 12 months of retraining assistance for veterans who are unemployed as a result of the pandemic and do not have access to other veteran education benefits. This funding covers the cost of the rapid retraining program as well as a housing allowance for enrolled veterans.  

  •  Includes $272 million for the VA to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the benefits claims and appeals backlog. 

  •  Provides emergency paid sick leave for VA’s frontline and essential health workers.    

For more information you can visit the Veteran’s Affairs website by clicking here. 

If you are in duress and need immediate assistance the Veterans Crisis Line remains available 24/7 

Ways you can connect with the Veterans Crisis Line are:   
Call: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 
Text: To 838255 
Online Chat: Click here                       

COVID-19 Symptoms  
  • If you have a fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, call your VA medical center before going to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency room.   

  • Mental Health Appointments?  

  • If you are feeling anxiety about COVID-19, believe me you are not alone!  If you have an appointment, go to it!  If you’d feel more comfortable with a phone or video call providers are available.  You can always talk with your provider using secure messaging.  Click here for My HealthVet Portal 

Medical Appointments  
  • If you have a routine appointment the VA encourages you to use telehealth if possible.  If you have a non-urgent elective procedure the VA may contact, you to cancel or re-schedule.  

Prescriptions  
  • If you are getting prescriptions via mail, your refills will continue as normal.  If you pick up prescriptions check your My HealthVet Portal for services available and refill your prescriptions as soon as possible.  Click here for My HealthVet Portal 

Visiting Patients   
  • To protect the most vulnerable patients against community spread, the VA is not permitting outside visitors to see residents in nursing homes or at spinal cord injury and disorder centers, except for compassionate cases. "Compassionate case" means that the Veteran is in their last stage of life in a hospice unit. In compassionate cases, visitors will be limited to a specific Veteran’s room only.   

Nursing Homes  
  • To prevent the spread of COVID to nursing homes the VA is taking the following steps: 1) No visitors except for compassionate cases.  2) No new admissions.  3) Active screening of staff members.  

GI Bill  
  • If you are receiving GI Bill benefits, the VA will not change your benefits even if you’ve gone from resident to online training to slow the spread of Coronavirus.  Students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments until December 21, 2020, or until their normal school resumes. 

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