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  • Lawmaker blasts budget plan to trim VA Choice Program

    Type of content: News

    Veterans Affairs officials don't know how many veterans are using the new "choice card" program, but it's a small enough total that they want to start taking money out of the program.

    The move is likely to ignite a lengthy fight on Capitol Hill with lawmakers who created the program last summer following the department's patient-wait-time scandal and who doubt VA's ability to serve veterans in a timely and effective manner.

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  • VA lays out 2016 health care budget priorities

    Type of content: News

    The Veterans Affairs Department's budget plan for health care next year would boost spending on mental health treatment and services, caregiver programs and health care for female veterans.

    The budget request for fiscal 2016, which starts Oct. 1, includes $56 billion in spending for veterans health care as well as $63.3 billion in advance funding for 2017. That advance funding is included each year in the VA spending plan to protect the health budget in the event of a government shutdown.

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  • VA Announces Single Regional Framework under MyVA Initiative

    Type of content: News

    VA Announces Single Regional Framework under MyVA Initiative
    Internal Organizations to Realign Their Existing Structures

    Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is taking the first steps under the MyVA initiative to realign its many organizational maps into one map with five regions to better serve Veterans. 

    The new regions under the MyVA alignment will allow VA to begin the process of integrating disparate organizational boundaries into a single regional framework to enhance internal coordination. 

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  • Study: Rapid HIV testing in shelters is affordable, effective way to reach homeless Veterans

    Type of content: News

    Rapid HIV testing could have a dramatic effect on treating Veterans who are both homeless and HIV-positive, according to a VA study appearing in the January 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

    While Veterans only make up around 11 percent of the U.S. population, they continue to be overrepresented among the U.S. homeless population. On any given night, Veterans make up some 26 percent of the nation's homeless population of nearly 610,000, putting them at a higher risk for a myriad of other conditions —among them, HIV.

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  • McCaskill asks for veterans’ feedback on medical care

    Type of content: News

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) urged veterans to participate in “secret shopper” surveys to ensure quality customer service at veterans’ medical facilities.

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  • Department of Veterans Affairs: Income Withholding and Veteran's Benefits

    Type of content: News

    How to determine whether a noncustodial parent (NCP) is receiving benefits from the VA.

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