Posted March 20, 2019 11:33:47 A veteran from Texas is expected to use federal money to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical services for at least 200,844 veterans who were discharged from the Army after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
In a press release Friday, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said the veteran, who requested anonymity, has not been formally notified of the decision.
The veteran was among nearly 2 million veterans who are eligible for VA health care and the payments are expected to cover nearly 200,800 veterans.
The veterans, who are part of a program that was established to help veterans who have been discharged from military service, have been waiting for more years for the VA to issue the health insurance, VA spokesman Mark Wahlberg said.
The VA has been providing coverage for the veterans for a few years.
The group has been waiting to get a federal reimbursement since the VA issued the policy in December 2015, Wahlberg said.
The veterans, most of whom were men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, will not be eligible for other benefits.
The payments will cover more than half the cost of care, Wahlberg said, and about 80% of the veterans will qualify for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for low-income people.
The policy is aimed at helping veterans who had been discharged after a certain number of days in a hospital or nursing home.
It does not cover any of the costs of medical care, such as drugs or surgeries, for veterans who still need care.
The number of veterans eligible for the policy is unknown, but officials expect to announce it in the coming weeks.
In an email, a VA spokesperson said that the policy does not address the veterans’ gender or physical disabilities.