CBO Examining Ways to Decrease Disability Claims

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smitty0311
Joined: 26 Dec 2010, 17:56

31 Aug 2014, 10:58 #1

CBO
Examining Ways to Decrease Disability Claims

Stars & Stripes reporter, Tom Philpott, reports that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its latest report, Veterans’ Disability Compensation: Trends and Policy Options. 
The report looks at way in which disability claims can be decreased and monitored.

According to Philpott,
CBO prepared its report, Veterans’ Disability Compensation: Trends and Policy Options, at the request of the ranking Democrat on the House
Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine.
As with most CBO reports, it
offers only “objective, impartial analysis” and options, not
recommendations. 
But the options for easing the river of VA
compensation claims are, as expected, controversial.  Many will be
unpopular
with veterans and condemned by powerful veteran
service organizations, which would seem to make adoption by the Congress
or
VA unlikely outside of a larger bipartisan package
of federal entitlement reforms.
For
example, CBO floats three options to alter policies on identifying
service-connected conditions and to conduct
long-term monitoring of disability ratings.  One would impose a time
limit
on filing initial claims.  CBO notes that in 2012,
roughly 43 percent of first-time recipients of disability pay had
filed claims while 55 or older, even though most
had left service by age 30.  Seven percent of new claimants that year
were 75 or older. (see report
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Daman
Joined: 27 Dec 2010, 22:57

31 Aug 2014, 14:20 #2

I know it will not be popular but I tend to agree with the report.
Unless there is something, say like Agent Orange or Gulf War Chemicals, that the government can link to service, then why should a disability be granted to people out of the military for 30 plus years.
A lot can happen to a person in the years after discharge that are being graded and approved that I feel should not be. Case in point, a veteran sprained a wrist while on active duty in 1980. In 2013 the veteran files a claim for limited wrist movement. You really want me to believe that the veteran did nothing in those 33 years that caused the limited movement.
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