VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) was established as a pilot program by the Caregivers and Veteran Omnibus Health Services Act of 2012. This pilot program began January 1, 2014 and ended January 31, 2017. The VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016 was signed into law on July 29, 2016. This allows the VA to continue VADIP until December 31, 2012.
The pilot program contracts with dental insurance providers expired on January 31, 2017. Individuals enrolled in VADIP when the contract expired will automatically receive continued coverage for up to 12 months, not to exceed January 31, 2018. New enrollments into VADIP have been suspended. (July 2017)
Registration is now open for the 2017 Ohio Women Veterans Conference. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, August 12th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Ohio State University Union in Columbus. Ohio is home to 67,000 women veterans. “It’s a rare time when women veterans of all eras from WWII to present day Iraq and Afghanistan come together to celebrate progress and learn about the benefits we have earned,” said Angela Beltz, chairwoman of the ODVS Women Veterans Advisory Committee. To register visit ohiovets.gov (May 2017)
SCAM ALERT (May 2017)
A FAKE phone line exists using (800-606-8198) that is very similar to the Veterans Choice Program’s CORRECT phone number (866-606-8198). This impostor (800) line offers callers a $100 “rebate” if they provide a credit card number. This imposter phone line may be intended to reach Veterans who inadvertently dial the VCP number incorrectly.
Be aware that this phone number incorrectly confirms callers have reached the VCP if the caller asks that question. If you are unsure if you have reached the correct phone line, hang up and dial 1-866-606-8198 again. The phone line will state the called has reached the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Effective, March 14, 2017, the final rule providing presumptive service connection for certain diseases associated with contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune takes effect. This rule establishes presumptive service connection for former service members, to include veterans, reservists, and National Guard members, who served at least 30 days (cumulative) at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and who later develop one of the following eight diseases:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and
- Parkinson’s disease
The Department of Defense announced that veterans will soon be able to shop online at military exchanges. The shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, November 11, 2017. (January 2017)
The National Veterans Golden Age Games is being held May 7-11, 2017 at Biloxi, MS. Registration begins February 1, 2017. (January 2017)
The Million Veteran Program is a national, voluntary research program in which the VA is partnering with Veterans receiving their care in the VA Healthcare System to study how genes affect health. To do this, MVP will build one of the world’s largest medical databases by safely collecting blood samples and health information from one million Veteran volunteers. The program aims to answer questions like: “Why does a treatment work well for some Veterans but not for others?”; “Why are some Veterans at a greater risk for developing an illness?”; and “How can we prevent certain illnesses in the first place?” If interested in participating, please click here for additional details and links to the MVP site. (August 2016)
Fraud Alert – “Turnkey Advantage” is a Canadian based company who was soliciting business in the United States targeting veterans. Fraud Alert 6.2016 (June 2016)
The Ohio Department of Education has eliminated fees for educator licenses to recognize the contributions of military families. The fees for any initial Ohio educator license, permit or certificate – or for a renewal – will be waived for candidates who are veterans with honorable discharges or current service members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces; the National Guard or Reserve; and the Ohio Military Reserve or Ohio Naval Militia (under the Ohio Adjutant General). Spouses of active duty service members also may receive a license free of charge. Educator Fees 6.2016 (June 2016)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) disability compensation examinations conducted between 2007 and 2015. (June 2016)
Flag City Honor Flight is a volunteer run non-profit founded in 2010 operating our of Findlay, Ohio. Their organization plans, raises funds, and transports veterans to Washington DC to visit their war memorials. They are currently transporting WWII and Korean War veterans. You can visit their website for further details. (May 2016)
Senate Bill 10 passed in both the Ohio House and Senate with Governor Kasich signing the bill on December 22, 2015. The new legislation goes into effect 90 days after it was signed by the Governor. This legislation will allow veterans receiving Individual Unemployability (IU) from the Department of Veterans Affairs to be granted a discount on their home property tax under the Ohio Homestead Act. (January 2016)
The VA plans to propose expanded disability benefits eligibility for veterans exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Based upon the VA’s review of current medical science and ATSDR’s findings, Secretary McDonald intends to propose creation of presumption of service connection for eight conditions. (December 2015)