The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced changes in eligibility verification for beneficiaries who are receiving veterans’ benefits. The new requirements will help reduce the amount of paperwork necessary for current benefit recipients to continue their payments.
No More Eligibility Verification Report
The Eligibility Verification Report (EVR) was an annual piece of paperwork required by the VA to continue payment of veterans’ benefits. Beneficiaries were required to file this document every year to continue their benefits, but that is now a thing of the past.
Going forward, the VA will be working with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) to gather the information that was requested in the EVR forms. Veterans benefit eligibility will now be confirmed internally, reducing the need for more paperwork and potentially cutting down on errors.
An added bonus of the new initiative is the reassignment of employees that were previously involved in processing the nearly 150,000 EVRs that were to be sent in January. These staff members will now be able to help reduce the veterans’ benefits claim backlog.
Resolving Questions about Your Veterans’ Benefits
The VA will be sending a letter to beneficiaries to explain the new changes and provide additional information on submission of additional information when necessary. Unreimbursed medical expenses must still be independently submitted, but other data that is available from the IRS or SSA will be automatically provided to the VA for your benefit verification.
One of the best ways to get answers to your questions about your veterans’ benefits and beneficiary status is to talk with an experienced veterans disability attorney in South Florida.
At the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group we make sure our clients are cared for from the initial application for veterans’ benefits all the way through approval and continuing verification. Once you receive your benefit approval, you may need to reconfirm your benefit status as life changes occur.
Divorce, new babies, and other beneficiary changes can all alter your veterans’ benefits, which is why it is important to know when you need to inform the VA of these events. Our attorneys help clients submit their new information so their claims are processed faster and with lower risk of errors or delays due to misinformation. Contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today for help with initial benefit claims or existing cases – 1-855-855-8992.