Court rules VA must pay for veterans' emergency room care, a decision that may be worth billions

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Court rules VA must pay for veterans' emergency room care, a decision that may be worth billions

Court rules VA must pay veterans' ER bills at non-VA hospitals


WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs must reimburseveterans for emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, a federal appeals court ruled Monday — a decision that could be worth billions of dollars to veterans.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims said the VA has been wrongfully denying reimbursement to veterans who sought emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, and struck down an internal VA regulation that blocked those payments.

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Decades overdue. This is great news for so many veterans.