LVMAC Tidbit: Another Step Forward in Telehealth

May 11, 2018

VA LogoOn 11 May, the VA announced it is expanding telehealth, or virtual technology, by allowing healthcare provider, whether or not located within a VA facility, to treat its patients across state lines and outside a VA facility.

The result is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken another step forward in telehealth services, of which private healthcare should take note.  This is especially important to do in an era of nationwide shortages in the medical professions. It also makes the VA’s home-based healthcare program better, let alone pushing its concept of “aging in place” further along.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Forward Observer: Hope Resurfaces for the Blue Water Navy Bill

May 10, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Is there some good news on the horizon now that our legislators have found a way to pay for it? We are talking about H.R. 299 (Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017), which passed out of House Veterans Affairs Committee on 8 May. There is a long way to go, but in the past this bill has been killed in this committee. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer: VA Adopts a Healthcare Concierge Program to Solve a Problem

April 26, 2018

Concierge for Care Program Connects with Recently Separated Service
Members

LVMAC Poster Art 2005On 22 February 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announced the launch of Concierge for Care, a health care enrollment initiative that helps military servicemembers connect shortly after they separate with the VA’s healthcare system. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Camp Lejeune VA Health and Disability Benefits

February 24, 2018

VA LogoWere you or a family member stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987?  You may have been exposed to chemicals in the drinking water. In this video, the Secretary of the VA describes the health care benefits available. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer: VA Veteran ID Card Available — Trying to Get It Right the Second Time Around

February 18, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005According to a 12 February post on the VA’s VAntage Point blogsite, the VA Veteran ID card (VIC) is available for registration once again.  Previously the VA ID card was on hold due to a “high volume of traffic” according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Should You Be On The “Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit” Registry?

February 17, 2018

You may not be aware of the fact that the VA maintains an “Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry” to allow eligible veterans and service members to document their exposures and report health concerns through an online questionnaire.  Like its cousin, the Agent Orange Registry, it is often the first step towards VA long-term healthcare; and also in recognizing service related illnesses and diseases, to include making some presumptive.  Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: What Does December 31, 2021 Mean To You?

February 17, 2018

VA LogoIf you are a Gulf War Veteran, know this date:  December 31, 2021.  On 24 October 2017, the VA made its final ruling on the extension of the deadline for Gulf War veterans to receive disability benefits for certain presumptive conditions:  December 31, 2021. Read the rest of this entry »


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