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The American Legion Calls for Revamping and Expansion of Veterans and Military Health Care
Date:8/24/2009

VA and DoD systems must be separate from national health care, says Legion

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion is calling for a significant expansion of the healthcare systems administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

In resolutions adopted by members of its National Executive Committee (NEC), the nation's largest veterans service organization strongly reiterated its longstanding positions affecting the funding of VA healthcare and extending its coverage to veterans' family members. Specifically, the Legion favors, in the words of its resolution, "allowing Medicare Reimbursement for VA as a realistic health care coverage for enrolled, Medicare-eligible veterans seeking treatment of NON-service-connected medical conditions in VA health care facilities." This, says the Legion would not only benefit a greater number of veterans, but provide the Department of Veterans Affairs with an alternative revenue stream. The Legion is also encouraging Congress to "allow all eligible veterans, dependents and beneficiaries, especially those who are either uninsured or underinsured, to enroll in the VA's integrated health care delivery system."

In its resolution, adopted during the organization's annual convention meeting this week in Louisville, Ky., The American Legion emphasized that it considers the VA health care system "the best care anywhere."

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, is expected to discuss the Legion resolution with the Legion's National Commander, David K. Rehbein, when the two meet tomorrow, August 25th. Secretary Shinseki is also scheduled to address convention attendees tomorrow morning.

The Department of Defense's Medical Health Care System (MHS) was the subject of another, similar Legion
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