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Shaft notes

Kudos to Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii Democrat, for introducing a bill to extend the age limit for coverage of veterans’ dependents through the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) to the level set by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, families with private health insurance coverage can keep their children on their plans until age 26.

CHAMPVA was established in 1973 to provide health care services to dependents and survivors of certain veterans. CHAMPVA enrollment has grown over the years, and now covers more than 336,000 unique beneficiaries. Under the current law, dependent children lose eligibility for CHAMPVA at 23 years old if they are full-time students or 18 years old if they are not.

An attaboy to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs led by Chairman Bob Filner, California Democrat, for approval of six bills that would improve benefits and services to veterans provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

1.  H.R. 6132 -– The Veterans Benefits and Economic Welfare Improvement Act of 2010 (Filner)

This comprehensive bill would establish a transition program for new veterans not eligible for other employment aid programs and who had a military occupational specialty of limited transferability to the civilian job market.

The bill includes provisions to improve the disability claim system by extending the 120-day limit for the filing of an appeal to the Court of Veterans Appeals after a final decision of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals upon a showing of good cause for such time as justice may require. 

The bill would also increase the pension amount for Medal of Honor recipients; establish an award program that will permit the VA to recognize businesses for their contributions to veteran’s employment, and protect veterans from losing their non-service connected pension benefits because they received payments to cover expenses incurred after an accident, theft, loss or casualty loss.

2. H.R. 3685 -– Promotion of the VetSuccess Internet Website (Stearns)

This bill would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include on the home page of the Department of Veterans Affairs website a hyperlink to the VetSuccess website.

3. H.R. 5360, as amended –- The Housing, Employment, and Living Programs for Veterans Act of 2010 (Herseth Sandlin)

This comprehensive bill improves vocational rehabilitation, internship, work-study and on-the-job training programs offered by VA. The bill provides support for programs and facilities that provide services for homeless women veterans and their families. The bill also improves specially adapted housing assistance.

4. H.R. 5630 -– Qualification for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Employment Coordinators (Boozman)

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