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Expanding Burn Pit Exposure Disability Compensation

In 2021, several bills were advanced to extend research, monitoring, and benefits eligibility based on toxic burn pit exposure, but many of these stalled at the end of the year.  Leaders in the House and Senate have promised to keep pushing these issues along.  In August 2021, VA announced that it would award presumptive benefits […]

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Dental Benefits for Veterans

Our office regularly receives questions from Veterans regarding available dental care and treatment through the VA.  While not every Veteran will be eligible for dental care, in some cases, the VA is authorized to provide extensive dental care.  In other cases, treatment may be limited.   Although the VA does provide dental care and treatment for […]

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Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment

Medicare Advantage enrollees have from January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022 to switch from one Medicare Advantage program to another. You can switch to a different Advantage Plan or drop the one you have altogether in favor of basic Medicare, i.e., Part A which is hospital coverage and Part B which is outpatient care […]

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VA Proposing to Eliminate Copayments for Veterans with Mental Health Disorder at Risk of Suicide

The VA has announced that is proposing to eliminate copayment requirements for Veterans receiving outpatient mental healthcare who are deemed to be at “high risk” for suicide. Additionally, VA is also reviewing a potential reduction in copayments for mental health medications as well. The changes only apply while the Veteran is deemed at high risk […]

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Same-Sex Couples Seeking Survivor Benefits Win in District Court

A Federal Judge in the Western District of Washington adopted the recommendation of a magistrate judge and struck down as unconstitutional the exclusion of some widows and widowers from Social Security survivor programs. This class action lawsuit included plaintiffs whose same-sex partner died before same-sex marriage was legal in their state and who had applied […]

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