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sparks82
03-09-2016, 05:48 PM
http://www.armytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/03/08/va-gives-deadline-veterans-who-have-applied-health-care/81497138/

"The Veterans Affairs Department has figured out how to fix a backlog of health care applications that dates back at least four years: Enforce a law requiring veterans to furnish the necessary paperwork, or the applications will be closed."

"By law, VA must notify applicants with incomplete applications, and if the veteran receives the notice but does not provide the information, the department closes the request. In the past, the VA's Health Eligibility Center has not tracked the status or timing of applications, resulting in an applications backlog that includes the applications of 545,000 living veterans and 245,000 deceased veterans."

What do you all think of this? They're giving those who apply one year to fix any paperwork but - doesn't it seem like they're blaming veterans and not the VA system for the backlog? If no one was tracking any of the paperwork and not notifying these people how do they know if they are missing paperwork?

efmbman
03-10-2016, 07:15 PM
They're giving those who apply one year to fix any paperwork but - doesn't it seem like they're blaming veterans and not the VA system for the backlog? If no one was tracking any of the paperwork and not notifying these people how do they know if they are missing paperwork?

No... they're giving those that that have received notification of incomplete records one year to fix any paperwork. You quoted that in your post:

...if the veteran receives the notice but does not provide the information, the department closes the request.

sparks82
03-11-2016, 02:37 PM
No... they're giving those that that have received notification of incomplete records one year to fix any paperwork. You quoted that in your post:

It doesn't say if they "received" (past tense) it says if they receive (present tense) they get a year. They way I understood it is that the reason a lot of people haven't gotten their forms processed or appointments made because they were missing paperwork or info - but they didn't now they were missing that stuff because the VA has had a backlog and weren't addressing it. So how are you supposed to know (before now) if you were missing things when the VA wasn't notifying anyone?