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    VA to Waive Medical Copays for Native American, Alaskan Native Vets

    VA to Waive Medical Copays for Native American, Alaskan Native Vets

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is following through with a congressional mandate to waive copayments for native American and native Alaskan veterans for most medical appointments.

    The VA is to publish an interim rule Thursday in the Federal Register announcing its intention to drop copays for veterans with a known tribal affiliation and seek public comment on the .

    The waiver is to be backdated to Jan. 5, 2022, but when exactly veterans can apply for reimbursement or see the change in billing remains to be determined. By law, the department has to give the public 30 days to offer comments on the interim proposal before publishing a final rule, VA officials said during a media roundtable Tuesday.

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    The Johnny Isakson and Dr. David Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 prohibited the VA from collecting copayments from any veteran defined as an Indian under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

    The legislation was to be enacted on Jan. 5, 2022, within a year of the law being signed. The VA missed the deadline, however, and intends to reimburse eligible veterans who have received care in the past year for any copayment costs.

    VA officials said once the final rule is published, affected veterans will not make any copayments and a system will be in place so they can apply for and receive any retroactive…

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