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VA Emergency Reimbursement !!!

Thank you Representative Zachary Space!

Mandatory VA Reimbursement for Veterans Emergency Care in Non VA Facilities

Support HR 3819 - the Veterans Emergency Care Fairness Act

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Please send the following editable message to your Representative --

As a disabled veteran and your constituent, I urge your cosponsorship and active support of HR 3819, the Veterans Emergency Care Fairness Act, introduced by Representative Zachary Space.

Consider the following --

When a veteran needs emergency medical treatment, the VA allows that veteran to go to the nearest private or community hospital. Once the veteran is stabilized, the veteran must then be transferred to a VA hospital for any necessary continued care.

The problem arises when there is a wait for a bed in a VA hospital. Current law does not require the VA to reimburse the hospital for the care given after the point of stabilization. HR 3819 would simply close that loophole and require the VA to reimburse the private hospital for care.

In rural areas, the problem with the current law is particularly pronounced. Often, a patient may be deemed stable but is not necessarily stable enough to make ambulance trips traveling long distances.

More specifically, the Veterans Emergency Care Fairness Act of 2007 -

Requires (under current law, authorizes) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to reimburse certain veterans without a service-connected disability enrolled as active participants of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care plan for the cost of emergency treatment received in a non-VA facility until such time as such veterans are transferred to a VA facility.

Requires (under current law, authorizes) the Secretary to reimburse certain veterans with a service-connected disability or a non-service-connected disability associated with or aggravating a service-connected disability for the value of emergency treatment for which such veterans have made payment from sources other than the VA.

I again ask for your active support of HR 3819 and your cosponsorship of this legislation.

Please advise me of your intentions.