AIG, CNA, ACE Denials Add to Overburdened VA System
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 5, 2010
Thousands of Injured Contractors are being treated by the VA because AIG, CNA , ACE, refuse to accept their responsibility to provide medical benefits earned by injured contractors. Yes, you earned those benefits, they were paid for.
Despite these huge numbers there are those who want to advocate the use of the VA by all injured war zone contractors . We say AIG and CNA have been paid to provide these services and need to do so or get out of the business. Congress and the Department of Labor need stop putting this off and deal with it. The VA has enough to do without subsidizing greedy insurance companies and taking away from military war casualties.
In 2003, Bush administration officials estimated that about 50,000 U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq eventually would file disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In this, as with so many things about the wars, the administration woefully underestimated, this time by a factor of 10. Already some 500,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have filed for disability — about one in every three who served.
With nearly 200,000 troops still deployed in the two nations, that number surely will rise. And the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are the smallest part of the VA’s current disability workload.
The Chicago Tribune reported last month that 84 percent of the increase in VA disability claims over the past seven years came from veterans of the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars. In all, the VA paid out $34.4 billion in disability to more than 3 million veterans. The biggest single category for Vietnam, Persian Gulf and “war on terror” veterans: $8 billion for post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological disabilities.
Funding isn’t the problem — Congress and the Obama administration have approved major boosts in VA spending in the last two budget years. The problem is the sheer size of the workload. And it’s about to get bigger. Read this in it’s entirety here