The VA’s Health Coverage Expansion

This post originally appeared on The Finance Buff.

Kaiser Health News (KHN) reports today on expansions in health coverage for veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Back in 2003, low-priority veterans were not permitted to enroll for VA care. By updating its income eligibility cutoff, the VA will soon provide access to an estimated 266,000 additional veterans. According to KHN, this is part of an effort by the Obama administration to fulfill his “campaign promise to bring all veterans into the VA’s system.”

In the same post, KHN cites Associated Press (AP) reporting on VA patient safety issues. According to AP, an inspector general report to be released today finds that “fewer than half of VA facilities selected for surprise inspections last month had proper training and guidelines in place.”

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