December 19, 2016

MyVA: Putting Veterans First by simplifying the online experience through Vets.gov

Through Vets.gov, Veterans can discover, apply for, track, and manage their VA benefits easily — as it should be. Soon, Veterans will no longer have to navigate multiple VA websites and use multiple logins to access their health care and benefits information.

Vets.gov is simplifying the benefits process for Veterans — cutting the time it takes to enroll in health care in half — to just 24 minutes.

This is the third installment of a

December 16, 2016

This Week at VA #9: Justin Blazejewski – Marine Veteran, Yogi

Episode nine brings us Marine Veteran Justin Blazejewski.

Justin’s introduction to yoga began in 2007 while he was searching for different exercises that would help with a back injury he sustained while serving. Soon after his first class he dove into a daily yoga practice, quickly realizing the physical benefits of yoga when his back pain began to disappear after only a couple of weeks.

Justin was in his 4th year of monthly travel to

December 15, 2016

Veterans Affairs expanding medical care to include nurse practitioners

We spoke with Congressman Greg Walden this week on the work that ... that they were promised and that they need," Congressman Walden said.

December 13, 2016

New Regulation Decreases Cost of Outpatient Medication Copay for Most Veterans

Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulation on copayments for Veterans’ outpatient medications for non-service connected conditions. VA currently charges non-exempt Veterans either $8 or $9 for each 30-day or less supply of outpatient medication, and under current regulations, a calculation based on the medication of the Medical Consumer Price Index (CPI-P) would be used to determine the copayment amount in future years. “Switching to a tiered system continues to

December 13, 2016

Telemedicine for PTSD no less effective than in-person therapy

Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who have difficulties making it to in-person therapy sessions may be able to get treatment that's just as good by videoconference.

December 12, 2016

MyVA: Putting Veterans First by increasing same-day access to care

Did you know that by the end of this year, more than 160 VA facilities will offer same-day access to care? Together, we’ve emerged from the 2014 wait list crisis to create the most accessible health care system in the country.

Learn what VA is doing every day to ensure that Veterans and their family members receive the care they need when and where they need it — a top priority of the MyVA

December 8, 2016

Eureka! VA doctors use secure web-based tool to better serve Veterans

Veterans!  We wanted you to know about an easy-to-use tool that VA doctors and staff have to make your health care more efficient and better coordinated.

VA’s Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) is a web-based tool that can save both you and your health care provider a lot of time. A feature of JLV gives VA doctors access to some of your non-VA health care records digitally, which is great for you. Your health care providers

December 1, 2016

Bob Woodruff Foundation establishes fund for injured Veteran IVF services

In a continued effort to further assist the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 service members who sustained genitourinary injuries that may affect fertility, the Bob Woodruff Foundation established a financial assistance fund to help cover the costs associated with needed reproductive treatments to help our service men and women start or grow their own families. Merck, Ferring Pharmaceuticals and EMD Serono made this possible through funding provided by independent grants.

While Congress recently approved fertility coverage

December 1, 2016

World AIDS Day 2016: VHA focuses on Veterans and HIV Prevention

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) joins other Federal partners in efforts to increase HIV testing and treatment, as well as a call for prevention. This year’s theme is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.”

VA is the largest provider of HIV care in the U.S., treating over 27,000 Veterans in 2015 and leading the nation in all components of the HIV Care Continuum.  This care continuum includes diagnosis, linkage to care, retention