Representative Chris Pappas introduced H.R. 6591 to ensure that veterans do not have to worry about seeking emergency COVID-19 care during the current public health emergency.
Even under normal circumstances, veterans using the VA health system often experience problems with billing for emergency care because of administrative and bureaucratic hurdles. This can cause a significant financial burden for the veteran and their family. Moreover, even if VA agrees to reimburse the treating facility for the veteran’s care, veterans may be held liable if VA does not pay them timely.
To address these problems, H.R. 6591 would temporarily ease current requirements, which include the veteran must have received care from VA within the last 2 years, preauthorization from VA for emergency care, and that the veteran must be transferred to a VA facility once their condition is stabilized. Finally, the bill would make VA the primary payer for that care even if the veteran has private health insurance, Medicare, or TRICARE (although VA may still seek reimbursement from these insurers).
DAV strongly urges you to contact your Representative to express your support for H.R. 6591 and ask them to cosponsor the bill.
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