U.S. Dept. Of Veterans Affairs Denying To Cover Bills For Emergency Care | NBC Nightly News

U.S. Dept. Of Veterans Affairs Denying To Cover Bills For Emergency Care | NBC Nightly News


OUR NATION’S VEDTERANS ARE BEING HIT WITH MILLION OS OF DOLLARS ARE BEING HIT WITH MILLION OS OF DOLLARS IN MEDICAL BILLS. MILLION OS OF DOLLARS IN MEDICAL BILLS.>>Reporter: WHEN IN MEDICAL BILLS.>>Reporter: WHEN AMANDA WOLF DECIDED TO>>Reporter: WHEN AMANDA WOLF DECIDED TO JOIN THE MILITARY, THE AMANDA WOLF DECIDED TO JOIN THE MILITARY, THE U.S. COAST GUARD WAS JOIN THE MILITARY, THE U.S. COAST GUARD WAS THE PERFECT FIT. U.S. COAST GUARD WAS THE PERFECT FIT.>>TRAINING TO SAVE THE PERFECT FIT.>>TRAINING TO SAVE LIVES IS WHAT APPEALED>>TRAINING TO SAVE LIVES IS WHAT APPEALED TO ME. LIVES IS WHAT APPEALED TO ME.>>Reporter: SHE LEFT TO ME.>>Reporter: SHE LEFT AFTER SERVING SIX>>Reporter: SHE LEFT AFTER SERVING SIX YEARS, AND LIKE MANY AFTER SERVING SIX YEARS, AND LIKE MANY VETERANS KEPT HER VA YEARS, AND LIKE MANY VETERANS KEPT HER VA MEDICAL COVERAGE. VETERANS KEPT HER VA MEDICAL COVERAGE. THREE YEARS AGO, SHE MEDICAL COVERAGE. THREE YEARS AGO, SHE ENDED UP IN THE THREE YEARS AGO, SHE ENDED UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. ENDED UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. SHE NEEDED IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY ROOM. SHE NEEDED IMMEDIATE SURGERY TO REMOVE HER SHE NEEDED IMMEDIATE SURGERY TO REMOVE HER APPENDIX BUT WAS SURGERY TO REMOVE HER APPENDIX BUT WAS STUNNED SIX MONTHS APPENDIX BUT WAS STUNNED SIX MONTHS LATER WHEN SHE WAS HIT STUNNED SIX MONTHS LATER WHEN SHE WAS HIT WITH A $2,500 HOSPITAL LATER WHEN SHE WAS HIT WITH A $2,500 HOSPITAL BILL AFTER THE VA WITH A $2,500 HOSPITAL BILL AFTER THE VA DENIED HER CLAIM. BILL AFTER THE VA DENIED HER CLAIM.>>IT’S ONE OF THOSE DENIED HER CLAIM.>>IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU>>IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE THINGS WHERE YOU THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE THERE AND THEY’RE NOT. THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE THERE AND THEY’RE NOT.>>Reporter: A NEW THERE AND THEY’RE NOT.>>Reporter: A NEW REPORT BY THE VA>>Reporter: A NEW REPORT BY THE VA INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT BY THE VA INSPECTOR GENERAL FOUND DURING JUST ONE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOUND DURING JUST ONE SIX-MONTH PERIOD, MORE FOUND DURING JUST ONE SIX-MONTH PERIOD, MORE THAN 17,000 VETERANS SIX-MONTH PERIOD, MORE THAN 17,000 VETERANS WERE SLAPPED WITH THAN 17,000 VETERANS WERE SLAPPED WITH OVER-$50 MILLION IN WERE SLAPPED WITH OVER-$50 MILLION IN MEDICAL BILLS THE OVER-$50 MILLION IN MEDICAL BILLS THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE MEDICAL BILLS THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE COVERED. GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE COVERED. THE INVESTIGATION COVERED. THE INVESTIGATION SPURRED IN PART BY THE INVESTIGATION SPURRED IN PART BY REPORTS FROM OUR SPURRED IN PART BY REPORTS FROM OUR MINNEAPOLIS AFFILIATE. REPORTS FROM OUR MINNEAPOLIS AFFILIATE. THE IG FINDING INSIDE MINNEAPOLIS AFFILIATE. THE IG FINDING INSIDE THE VA THERE WAS, THE IG FINDING INSIDE THE VA THERE WAS, QUOTE, SYSTEMIC THE VA THERE WAS, QUOTE, SYSTEMIC PRESSURE TO FAVOR QUOTE, SYSTEMIC PRESSURE TO FAVOR SPEED OVER ACCURACY IN PRESSURE TO FAVOR SPEED OVER ACCURACY IN REVIEWING MEDICAL SPEED OVER ACCURACY IN REVIEWING MEDICAL CLAIMS. REVIEWING MEDICAL CLAIMS.>>THEY GO FOR CLAIMS.>>THEY GO FOR EMERGENCY CARE BECAUSE>>THEY GO FOR EMERGENCY CARE BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE TO GET EMERGENCY CARE BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE TO GET TO A VA FACILITY. THEY DON’T HAVE TO GET TO A VA FACILITY.>>THAT’S THE TO A VA FACILITY.>>THAT’S THE SITUATION.>>THAT’S THE SITUATION.>>AND THE VA IS SITUATION.>>AND THE VA IS SUPPOSED TO COVER>>AND THE VA IS SUPPOSED TO COVER THAT, CORRECT? SUPPOSED TO COVER THAT, CORRECT?>>EXACTLY. THAT, CORRECT?>>EXACTLY. THE VETERAN MAY GO>>EXACTLY. THE VETERAN MAY GO INTO BANKRUPTCY OR THE VETERAN MAY GO INTO BANKRUPTCY OR HAVE THEIR CREDIT INTO BANKRUPTCY OR HAVE THEIR CREDIT RATING HURT AND EFFECT HAVE THEIR CREDIT RATING HURT AND EFFECT THEM FOR THE REST OF RATING HURT AND EFFECT THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.>>Reporter: AMANDA THEIR LIVES.>>Reporter: AMANDA WOLF IS SUING THE VA>>Reporter: AMANDA WOLF IS SUING THE VA TO BE REIMBURSED WOLF IS SUING THE VA TO BE REIMBURSED HOPING IT DOESN’T TO BE REIMBURSED HOPING IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TO ANY OTHER HOPING IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TO ANY OTHER AMERICAN WHO SERVED HAPPEN TO ANY OTHER AMERICAN WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY. AMERICAN WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY.>>DO I HOPE THAT IT THEIR COUNTRY.>>DO I HOPE THAT IT WILL MAKE A>>DO I HOPE THAT IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE? WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE? I DO. DIFFERENCE? I DO. AM I CONFIDENT THAT IT I DO. AM I CONFIDENT THAT IT WILL, NOT — NOT VERY AM I CONFIDENT THAT IT WILL, NOT — NOT VERY CONFIDENT? WILL, NOT — NOT VERY CONFIDENT? I’M HOPEFUL THOUGH. CONFIDENT? I’M HOPEFUL THOUGH.>>Reporter: TONIGHT I’M HOPEFUL THOUGH.>>Reporter: TONIGHT THE VA TELLS NBC NEWS

22 thoughts on “U.S. Dept. Of Veterans Affairs Denying To Cover Bills For Emergency Care | NBC Nightly News

  1. Trump's Veterans Administration is a sinkhole of corruption, incompetence and mendacity. This $53 million ripoff of veterans is the tip of the iceberg. Veterans don't count, the federales are only interested in funneling trillions of taxpayer dollars into military spending that profits money pit corporations like Lockheed-Martin, Boeing and BAE. After all, when the top Department of Defense supergrades leave their government jobs, they can expect a deferred kickback, a high paying job, at one of the defense contractors they've enriched. The veterans in this story can't help out these greedy DoD empty suits, so the veterans get nothing but the back of the bureaucratic hand.

  2. Trump promised he would take care of Veterans just like he said he would take care of the farmers. How's that working?

  3. Same deal here.
    Denied. 2 years later, they send me a letter saying they may have incorrectly denied claim.
    Please call us, letter says.
    6 hours on hold so far! I asked my Congressman for help. Yeah right!
    Medical care ranges from great to complete failure. They try hard tho.
    Administratively, total goat rodeo.

  4. I’ve worried about that scenario happening to me but my VA PCP keeps reassuring me that there’s nothing to worry about. Now, I’m not so sure.

  5. If you didn't fight in there fear mongering wars , you are nothing to the VA , unless you were hurt in combat spend so many days on war grounds . They say the combat veterans more important than you . Your just a toy soldier . The VA sucks big hairy balls . Veterans who didn't see combat but yet get sick are not eligible for any kind of benefits .

  6. This happened to my husband. He had to have pacemaker and went to nearest hospital. Medicare paid part, but we were stuck with the remainder. Tried and tried and told computers not set up yet to handle this yet. That was 4 yrs ago.

  7. Here is what's really sad about this. We keep expecting people to do the right thing. Yes the VA in principle should cover these Vets but the truth is greed and being sinners affects everyone. The VA Admn is a building, but its the corrupt who work in them causing the problems. Stop being shocked by these acts, we're sinners doing sinful things. Won't stop until Christ returns.

  8. Has to be Pre-Approved. And after 3 months you'll get a response. Ambulance cost to private hospitals not covered and an Ambulance ride to the VA Hospitals are Never Authorized. VA is heavy on preventative care. Reading material and Vitamins is about all you get from them anymore. VA Hospital in Las Vegas..Only 6 years operating now has over 600 unfilled required positions. Staffed at 60%. Mostly administrative and security jobs. Lots of people but no one really delivering health care. Wait time for a MRI is 4 months. Most specialty service is sent out to local facilities with a 3 month wait to see them too. Hope it improves.

  9. I am a Vietnam veteran. I am curious as to how this woman is eligible. Unless she served in a combat zone or was wounded while on duty, I don't see how she is covered. Since when did the VA become socialized medicine for life for anyone who has ever served? That makes no sense.

  10. I can relate. Back in the early 2000s I had back to back major heart attacks. The nearest VA was over an hour away so I was ambulanced to local ER. VA denied the claim, and I was obligated to pay $58K for the heart operations plus all additional cost with no insurance at the time. It's rather disheartening when the VA says that if it's an emergency to go to nearest ER and they'll cover it, only to be declined coverage after the fact.

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