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VA Claim Evidence ------- (What’s Needed for Processing A Claim)
TRICARE Overseas Program [18] – (SOS Re-awarded TOP Contract)
Marijuana Resort --------------------- (America’s First Cannabis Resort)
Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress
SVAC [13] ----- (Six Bills Debated | Reform VA & Improve Benefits)
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04= = Commissary Privatization [01] ------------ (NDAA Keeps Issue Alive)

05 == Confederate Flag Controversy ------------ (Should the Military Ban It)
10 == VA Health Record ----------------------- (New Program Demonstration)
18 == VA Claims Backlog [147] -------------------- (128,000 125-day Claims)
19 == VA Vet Choice Program [20] -------------- (Guam Vets Unable to Use)
49 == VA ID Card [07] ------------- (H.R.91 | Sent to President for Signature)
51 == VA Benefits Eligibility [03] --- (Less Than Honorable Discharge Bill)
73 == Medicare Card [03] ------------------------- (How to Get a Replacement)
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FYI, Health care changes are afoot. This is not concrete yet but this could be effective as early as Oct 1, 2015. I got this info from my local RAO today.

"During a teleconference this past Friday, we became aware of several changes which will affect a large portion of the veteran population here in the Philippines. Please as you read the following, keep in mind these changes are not coming from VA Manila, but rather the VA Administration in DC. VA Manila is trying hard to provide the best care and benefits that they are funded for. Many of you will be upset with what you are about to read but you should place the blame where it belongs. Mr. & Mrs. Congressman. The folks we elect to watch out for our interests in Washington.

The Changes;
Current plans call for the implementation of the Foreign Medical Plan (FMP) to replace the current VA Health Care system we are serviced by, effective 1 October 2015. Many are not familiar with this program but it has been being used throughout the world for years. Basically its a medical program for traveling veterans and those who like us live outside the U.S. Both programs require that you only be treated for service connected disabilities.

The basic differences between what we now have and the FMP are;
1. You can go to any provider you chose as long as they are not banned from the program by FMP
2. You must pay the treatment bill up front and request reimbursement from FMP.
3. If you can get the provider to file the forms and wait for the payment good on you, but if not you must file the forms and wait for your money. The FMP site advertises that the wait for reimbursement is 45 days. As with Tricare, you will receive a check. Being able to cash that could be a concern as the usual 25 day wait period may apply.

As there will be no available local assistance with filling out the forms, the RAO is self-educating it’s staff on the FMP and the claim forms and will provide assistance in these areas.

Please don't flood us with questions on this. Hold your questions as the terms of the program are still under discussion between FMP and VA and some parts of the program may change and make your questions un-needed.

We simply want to make you aware that things are going to change. Also we can make a few suggestions on how you can prepare for the changes.

1. Try to set aside a medical emergency fund in the event you need hospitalization.
2. Keep in mind that if you are TRICARE eligible, you may be able to use that as your medical care for your disability.
3. Set aside funds for a flight to Guam to get VA funded care for service connected disabilities.
4. Begin looking at other locally available health care programs like PhilHealth.

As we have mentioned before the travel reimbursement program which VA Manila has been paying kinda without authorization will also be ending
on Oct 1 2015.
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If this pushes through, I would keep enough cash on hand to get by for double the processing time. I doubt that the FMP is ready for the inundation of claims that will occur as a result of this action. Now might be a good time to be writing letters to your Congressman and Representative on your viewpoints on this. Since the elections are upcoming, it might get their attention.
Has anyone got an update on this as 1 Oct is just around the corner.
Has anyone talked to VA CLINIC MANILA?
I have an appointment coming up soon I will go talk to Ms. Randall and see about an update unless someone has done so already

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VA Health Care Access Update 25 ► Wait Times By City
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced its chronic backlog of veterans’ disability claims deemed unacceptable by President Barack Obama when he campaigned for office but so far, the agency isstruggling to meet its self-imposed deadline of eliminating long wait times by 2015

VA Budget 2015 Update 05 ► Bill Passed to Cover $3.3B Shortfall
Veterans Affairs Department officials will get the budget help they need to avoid facility shutdowns in August after the Senate approved a last-minute deal 30 JUL

VA Claims Backlog Update 148 ►More than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans in the pending backlog for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs have already died, according to an internal VA document provided to The Huffington Post.

VA Benefits Update 03 ► Don’t Blame Disabled Vets for High Cost
Who on this earth would blame disabled veterans for causing a bloated federal budget? Only the author of a recent op-ed published by the New York Times. The title alone, “The Risk of Over-Thanking Our Veterans,”

VA Accountability Update 10 ► H.R.2999 | Fair VA Accountability Act
In Congress, we can all agree that greater accountability is sorely needed within the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are all outraged that VA employees whose misconduct has harmed veterans have remained in their jobs. This lack of accountability has overshadowed the excellent work of the vast majority of VA
employees, over a third of them veterans themselves, whose genuine caring and tireless efforts honor veterans’ service to our nation.

VA ID Card Update 08 ► Obama Signs H.R.91 Into Law
President Barack Obama on 20 JUL signed a bill from U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan that will allow veterans nationwide to get a special, government-issued identification card. Buchanan, a Republican who represents the Bradenton and Sarasota areas of Florida, introduced the “Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015” earlier this year so veterans wouldn’t have to carry around their military service records – such as the common form known as a “DD-214” – to prove their veteran status

Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ► 150714 thru 150731

Tricare Pharmacy Copay Update 14 ► House Will Accept Some Increases
The House on 30 JUL edged toward raising Tricare copays for prescription drugs as it wrangles with the Senate over ballooning costs that are draining the budget for military health care

TRICARE Help ► Q&A 150801
Have a question on how TRICARE applies to your personal situation? Write to Tricare Help, Times News Service, 6883 Commercial Drive, Springfield, VA 22159; or tricarehelp@militarytimes.com. In e-mail, include the word “Tricare” in the subject line and do not attach files. Information on all Tricare options, to
include links to Handbooks for the various options, can be found on the official Tricare website, at this web address: Health Plans

SSA Disability Update 02 ► 19% Cut in Benefits, Unless Congress Acts
The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said 22 JUL, handing lawmakers a fiscal and political crisis in the middle of a presidential campaign. The trustees who oversee Social Security and Medicare said the disability trust fund will run out
of money in late 2016. That would trigger an automatic 19 percent cut in benefits, unless Congress acts.
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Commissary Policy Change
Defense officials appear ready to ask Congress to repeal a law that commissaries must sell products at cost plus five percent, a formula that for decades has ensured commissary shoppers everywhere pay the same prices. Officials have drafted a replacement formula that would allow prices to vary from store to store to meet a new twin goal: reducing taxpayer support for commissaries while maintaining still attractive savings for patrons

DoD 2015 Budget
The Department of Defense told Congress on 16 JUL that TRICARE, the military health system, is running out of money for the fiscal year that ends 30 SEP. They are asking Congress to authorize the re-programming of $900 million from within the DOD budget, according to MilitaryTimes.com.

NDAA for 2016
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed versions of the fiscal year (FY) 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The two chambers are now negotiating a final bill, but according to press reports, the negotiators are stuck on the details of a major military compensation and retirement reform proposal

Combat Vet Enhanced Benefits
More than 35,000 combat veterans are allegedly being denied health care enrollment by the Department of Veterans Affairs because of a computer system error, according to an internal document obtained by The Huffington Post
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The embassy finally scheduled outreaches for Subic and Angeles, Sep. 15 /16. Scroll down the right side of this link to the outreach schedule:

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From Defense Finance Accounting Service
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all Americans including all military members (active duty, retired, Selected Reserve, or Retired Reserve) and their eligible family members must have health care coverage that meets a minimum standard called minimum essential coverage or pay a fee. Your TRICARE coverage meets the minimum essential coverage requirement under the ACA.

"The term "active duty" means full-time duty in the active service of a uniformed service for more than 30 consecutive days".

Beginning in January 2016, DFAS will be providing IRS Form 1095-C to all U.S. military members, and IRS Form 1095-B to all Retirees, Annuitants, former spouses and all other individuals having TRICARE coverage during all or any portion of tax year 2015. An IRS Form 1095 documents you (and your family members, if applicable) have the minimum essential coverage. More information will be forthcoming about the delivery method of these forms.

These forms will document the information that DFAS will provide to the IRS on yourself and your authorized family members. The forms will be required to be reported with your 2015 federal tax return. DFAS will provide you with IRS Form 1095 series forms no later than Jan. 31, 2016

You can find more information about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on your federal income tax at: Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax Provisions, or ACA IRS Forms.

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VA Legislation 31 Aug 2015
Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to
permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50
percent to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans' disability compensation, to extend
eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service, and for
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The following is the schedule for US Embassy Outreach events for the month of September 2015.

Sept US Embassy Outreach schedule for Olongapo City

Sept US Embassy Outreach schedule for Angeles City

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