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Minnesota, Wisconsin Vets Get Hit With Copays

Minnesota's congressional delegation, led by Rep. John Kline, is fighting a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) directive that found veterans suddenly being billed for co-payments that were as much as five years old. Recently, the VA discovered unbilled copay amounts for inpatient care provided to veterans over a five-year period. Veterans were going to be assessed copays ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 because the VA erred in not charging the veterans at the time of the care. Veterans in Minnesota and Wisconsin were to be affected, prompting members of Minnesota's and Wisconsin's congressional delegation to sign a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald. McDonald said every affected vet would be personally contacted about setting up a payment plan or applying for a waiver. The incident affected only vets served by the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and amounted to $549,198. For more information, visit Rep. John Kline's website.

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