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Welcome to the Post 251 Service Officer Page

This page will be updated regularly, so please visit often for information you can use.

 

Scam alert! If a non-VA pharmacy calls you for approval for a prescription, immediately contact VA Police. 

https://t.co/tUdAumdzQZ

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VA and Social Security Partner to Speed Up Disability Decisions for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) launched a new Health IT initiative that enables VA to share medical records electronically with social security disabilty processors. This secure process will save time and money resulting in better service for Veterans and dependents who apply for social security disability benefits. The SSA requests nearly 15 million medical records from health care organizations yearly to make medical decisions on about three million disability claims. For decades, SSA obtained medical records through a manual process. This new national initiative puts in place an automated process to obtain Veterans' medical records entirely electronically.

http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2831

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VA to go live with online appointment scheduling in January

http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/va-to-go-live-online-scheduling-january

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One number to call to reach VA

Read More At:    http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/32858/myva311-one-number-call-reachva/

With 1-844-MyVA311,[ 1-844-698-2311 ],  Veterans, families, and caregivers can access information about VA services like disability, pension, healthcare eligibility, enrollment, and burial benefits, in addition to a self-service locator to find the nearest VA facility. And if they’re looking for immediate assistance with housing or are having a mental health crisis, MyVA311 will route callers to the Homeless Veteran help line and the Veterans Crisis Line.

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New Regulation Decreases Cost of Outpatient Medication Copay for Most Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulation on copayments for Veterans' outpatient medications for non-service connected conditions. VA currently charges non-exempt Veterans either $8 or $9 for each 30-day or less supply of outpatient medication, and under current regulations, a calculation based on the medication of the Medical Consumer.    Price Index (CPI-P) would be used to determine the copayment amount in future years.

http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2843

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VA Grants Full Practice Authority to Advance Practice Registered Nurses

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is amending provider regulations to permit full practice authority to three roles of VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to practice to the full extent of their education, training, and certification, regardless of State restrictions that limit such full practice authority, except for applicable State restrictions on the authority to prescribe and administer controlled substances, when such APRNs are acting within the scope of their VA employment.

https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2847

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DoD unveils redesigned National Resource Directory

National Resource Directory (www.nrd.gov), a website that provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels, unveiled an updated design and layout this week. The updates were implemented to make the site more user- friendly for the thousands of service members, veterans and family members who use the Directory each month.

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 Veterans Affairs changed the regs concerning copayments charged to Veterans for meds:

VA’s  comprehensive  VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) gives enrolled Veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries  the opportunity to purchase dental insurance through Delta Dental and MetLife at a reduced cost. Participation is voluntary. Purchasing a dental plan does not affect Veterans’ eligibility for VA dental services and treatment.

This new regulation eliminates the formula used to calculate future rate increases and establishes three classes of outpatient medications identified as Tier 1, Preferred Generics; Tier 2, Non-Preferred Generics including over-the-counter medications; and Tier 3, Brand Name. Copayment amounts for each tier would be fixed and vary depending upon the class of outpatient medication in the tier. 

These copayment amounts will be effective February 27, 2017: 

$5 for a 30-day or less supply - Tier 1 outpatient medication

$8 for a 30-day or less supply - Tier 2 outpatient medication

$11 for a 30-day or less supply - Tier 3 outpatient medication 

https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2843

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VA partnership provides community organizations with path to support homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON — Military Outreach USA, a partner of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), recently launched a program to encourage communities to connect with local VA facilities and help VA provide support to homeless or recently homeless Veterans and their families.

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DoD unveils redesigned National Resource Directory

National Resource Directory (www.nrd.gov), a website that provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels, unveiled an updated design and layout this week. The updates were implemented to make the site more user- friendly for the thousands of service members, veterans and family members who use the Directory each month.

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE         No. NR-459-16

Dec. 30, 2016

DoD Announces New Outreach Efforts to Veterans Regarding Discharges and Military Records

The Department of Defense today announced a renewed effort to ensure veterans are aware of the opportunity to have their discharges and military records reviewed. Through enhanced public outreach, engagement with Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), Military Service Organizations (MSOs), and other outside groups, as well as direct outreach to individual veterans, the department encourages all veterans who believe they have experienced an error or injustice to request relief from their service’s Board for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCM/NR) or Discharge Review Board (DRB). 

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VA’s rule establishes a presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune

VA to provide disability benefits for related diseases

VA regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C. are effective as of today.

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Veterans Find Prostate Cancer Cure at McGuire

Veterans across America travel to McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of moderate to aggressive forms of prostate cancer using “brachytherapy” a much better option for Veterans. Read the full story

https://www.va.gov/HEALTH/NewsFeatures/2017/August/Veterans-Find-Prostate-Cancer-Cure-at-McGuire.asp

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Emergency Food Stamp Benefits Replacement



Constituents who have lost food purchased with SNAP Benefits (Food

Stamps) due to weather disasters (ice storm, fire, flood, tornado or

other household misfortune) may request replacement of those SNAP

benefits. Constituents that experience a food loss due to power

outages of 4 hours or more may receive replacement benefits within 10

days after the report of a loss.


Per SNAP policy, recipients are required to report the loss of food to

the local DFCS office and complete an affidavit of Food Loss

Replacement Form (Form 841) verifying the amount of loss. Verification

of the power outage from the local utility company is required in

order to process the replacement benefits.


In the event of widespread damage, the Division will request a waiver

from the USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) to eliminate the need

for individuals to provide verification of power outages, and will

then make every effort to communicate directly with local utility

companies to obtain the necessary verification of mass outages.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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