The amount of cases backlogged at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is enormous and anything that can be done to help alleviate some of the case load will be examined. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki took the reins and announced the VA would begin to develop an online, fully automated, disability compensation claims system. Once the system is fully realized and implemented, it should drastically reduce claims processing time while increasing accuracy.
The veterans’ experience with the claims process on the other side of the system will be much simpler. First swing at the system will go to Vietnam veterans who were exposed to herbicides while in country, and are currently suffering from:
- B-cell leukemia (hairy-cell leukemia);
- Parkinson’s Disease; or
- Ischemic heart disease.
The VA estimates approximately 100,000 veterans will use the system. The system guides users through step-by-step menus as it collects your information. The system comes at the price of $9.1 million and should be up and running in early November. Overall, collecting and sharing information will be quicker and most likely more accurate than going through the tedious effort of filling out page after page by hand.
Developing and integrating such programs keeps VA health care on the edge of modern medicine. Not only will the VA improve their own claims processing , they will be able to chip away at that haunting backlog staring them down. An automated claims processing system will make a world of difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of veterans, their families, and their dependants.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.