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Old 04-24-2017, 11:36 AM
 
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Congress wants answers as disabled vets' caregivers say VA stripping benefits
Congress wants answers as disabled vets' caregivers say VA stripping benefits | Fox News

Is this criminal or ignorance?
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Old 04-24-2017, 02:18 PM
 
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Congress wants answers as disabled vets' caregivers say VA stripping benefits
Congress wants answers as disabled vets' caregivers say VA stripping benefits | Fox News

Is this criminal or ignorance?

I thought Donald Trump was going to fix this?
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Old 04-24-2017, 09:58 PM
 
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I have a question. When Trump signed an executive order where military people can go to any doctor.
Years ago i was talking to this retired Navy guy and he had free health care for the rest of his life. Wouldn't that mean if tbe VA was gone he would lose his health care?
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Old 04-24-2017, 10:21 PM
 
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Thank you for the article. Concerns for the permenantly disabled should be addressed. With "defense" budgets are seeking more funding for ammunition, or upgraded airplanes,submarines..Perhaps some can be apportioned to the disabled.
It's a nice program for the caregiver..Being family and getting funds to help the injured. Us regular citizens tending to our kin get a meager amount ...

Talk is cheap...So they will have a commitee talk..
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:18 AM
 
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Congress wants answers as disabled vets' caregivers say VA stripping benefits
Congress wants answers as disabled vets' caregivers say VA stripping benefits | Fox News

Is this criminal or ignorance?

As far as I am concerned it's both,criminal Ignorance!!!
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Old 04-29-2017, 05:35 PM
 
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I really do struggle with this, much as a I do paying for any type of kinship care. Once upon a time the assumption was family members took care of family members because they were, you know, family. Additionally, there is 100% disability, where work is no longer realistic but there is still functioning and self-care capability, and 100% disability, where the veteran can not be left alone kind of disabled. They are the same category and the service members get the same benefits, but they are very different situations. The theory of paying kinship care is probably primarily that it is cheaper than putting them in a full care facility and, secondarily, they will do better. My understanding is the VA was once almost automatically granting kinship pay to 100% disabled vets and that now they are trying to back peddle to granting it only in those cases where not providing it will result in hospitalization or other type of institutionalism.
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Old 04-29-2017, 06:20 PM
 
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VA Announces Internal Review of Caregiver Program

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WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, effective April 17, it has suspended revocations initiated by VA medical centers based on eligibility for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) for three weeks.

“VA is taking immediate action to review the National Caregiver Support Program to ensure we honor our commitment to enhance the health and well-being of Veterans,” said Dr. David J. Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “I have instructed an internal review to evaluate consistency of revocations in the program and standardize communication with Veterans and caregivers nationwide.”
Entire Story Here: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pres...se.cfm?id=2889
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:43 PM
 
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Years ago i was talking to this retired Navy guy and he had free health care for the rest of his life. Wouldn't that mean if tbe VA was gone he would lose his health care?
Things change. There used to be Tricare Prime (retired military) and you paid a monthly premium and could go to any doctor that would accept Tricare, this covered your family also. After I turned 65 I lost Tricare Prime and went on Medicare part B and Tricare for Life (Medicare primary Tricare secondary). Now I believe Tricare Prime is gone except for those living within a certain distance of a military hospital. I gave up trying to keep up with it so not sure what the situation is now. I'm sure they are looking at how to do away with Tricare for Life
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Old 04-30-2017, 08:53 AM
 
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Things change. There used to be Tricare Prime (retired military) and you paid a monthly premium and could go to any doctor that would accept Tricare, this covered your family also. After I turned 65 I lost Tricare Prime and went on Medicare part B and Tricare for Life (Medicare primary Tricare secondary). Now I believe Tricare Prime is gone except for those living within a certain distance of a military hospital. I gave up trying to keep up with it so not sure what the situation is now. I'm sure they are looking at how to do away with Tricare for Life
No, I'm on TriCare Prime. I have a local doctor. It does change. There used to be four regions, now down to two.

Tricare for life is basically a Medicare supplement Part B type thing and you don't have to pay for it. You already paid for Medicare through your SS withholding.


Can others let me know if I got that right?
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:14 AM
 
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No, I'm on TriCare Prime. I have a local doctor. It does change. There used to be four regions, now down to two.

Tricare for life is basically a Medicare supplement Part B type thing and you don't have to pay for it. You already paid for Medicare through your SS withholding.


Can others let me know if I got that right?
Yeah I will...you got it partially wrong.

I think you misread or misunderstood what I wrote and you are only partially right about Tricare Prime
1. I never said you paid for Tricare for Life. I said you paid for Tricare Prime (less than Medicare Part B)
2. No you did not pay for all of Medicare Part B through your FICA taxes. I pay $104.90 a month for Medicare Part B and so does my wife. That makes it $209.80 a month for both of us, well above what I was paying for Tricare Prime.
3. Tricare Prime changed just after I reached 65 (about 10 years ago). Back then you did not have to live within a "Prime Service Area". You were eligible for Tricare Prime anywhere in the U.S. A "Prime Service Area" is an area 40 miles from a military treatment facility or a base closure site. (see: 40 miles for Tricare Prime - or maybe Tricare Standard - Military Guide )
If you live outside of a "Prime Service Area" your options are: ( from: https://www.tricare.mil/LifeEvents/Retiring)
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