News for the Enlisted Monday July 28, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: THE REPORT BELOW WAS WRITTEN PRIOR TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY (MONDAY, JULY 28) THAT AN AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN SENATE AND HOUSE NEGOTIATORS ON A BILL TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE OF ACCESS TO CARE FOR VETERANS IN VA HOSPITALS. WE WILL HAVE DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT IN OUR UPDATE NEXT WEEK.
Congress has until the end of this week to try and pass legislation before their August recess begins. But if last Thursday was any example, they may get nothing more done before they leave town. Besides passing spending bills to keep the government open after October 1, they still have to pass legislation meant to deal with the crisis in access to care at veterans’ hospitals. But right now it is up in the air. We explain that, and more, below.
Veterans Access to Care Bill in Jeopardy
Senate Veterans Committee Approves Nomination of New Secretary of Veterans Affairs
VA Scheduling System Will Not be Replaced for Two Years
House Approves Bill to help Honor Flight Vets
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All Veterans Eligible for VA Dental Coverage
For the first time in history, the U. S. Government has authorized a national dental insurance program for Veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs health care and individuals enrolled in VA's CHAMPVA program.
Premium rates will vary depending on your geographic region and the plan option you select. There are three options that are available: basic, enhanced and comprehensive. These plans range from about $8 for the basic up to about $27 for comprehensive.
VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance now.
There are no elibibility limitations based on service-connected disability rating or enrollment priority assignment. People interest in participating may complete an application online through either Delta Dental: www.deltadentalvadip.org, or
Coverage for this new dental insurance is now available throughout the United States and it's territories.
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