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VA to implement changes to simplify appeals process for veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs will implement changes next month that will simplify the process for how veterans make appeals.

The department announced the Federal Register published regulations accompanying the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA), which will help veterans experience a more transparent claims decision-review process. Implementation will occur 30 days after the Secretary certifies, as required by law, according to a news release.

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“VA has been preparing for full implementation of the Appeals Modernization Act over the past 18 months,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, in a statement. “Our staff has worked diligently, particularly in the last few weeks, to ensure the new, streamlined process is available to Veterans in February.

Accordingly, the regulations will become effective Feb 19.

The new law will:

  • Modernize the current claims and appeals process
  • Include three review options for disagreements with decisions
  • Require improved notification of VA decisions
  • Provide earlier claim resolution
  • Ensure you receive the earliest effective date possible

Veterans will now have three options for claims and appeals: (1) supplemental claim; (2) higher-level review; or (3) direct appeals to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. All decision reviews submitted after February 2019 will fall under the new system, the release stated.

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