ARMED FORCES NEWS
VA TO BEGIN CHIROPRACTIC CARE
July 2, 2004
 

Veterans can receive chiropractic care at 26 selected Department of Veterans Affairs facilities beginning this fall, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi announced June 25. In consultation with VA primary care providers, doctors of chiropractic will offer patient evaluations and chiropractic care for neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Locations include VA facilities at Togus, Maine; West Haven and Newington, Conn.; Buffalo and the Bronx, N.Y.; Butler, Pa.; Martinsburg, W.Va.; Columbia, S.C.; Augusta, Ga.; Tampa and Miami, Fla.; Mountain Home, Tenn.; Columbus, Ohio; Danville, Ill.; Iron Mountain, Mich.; Kansas City, Kan.; Jackson, Miss.; San Antonio, Temple, and Dallas, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M.; Fort Harrison, Mont.; Seattle, Wash.; Sacramento and Los Angeles, Calif.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. Eligible veterans in areas distant from these locations will have access to chiropractic care through the VA's outpatient fee-basis program after a referral by their primary care provider and prior authorization by the department.

ARMED FORCES NEWS
MEDICARE PART B OPEN ENROLLMENT NEARS
July 16, 2004


The Social Security Administration has posted information about the open enrollment period for Medicare-eligible military retirees and widows of military retirees who have not signed up for Medicare Part B. The SSA says it will mail them a form during early fall 2004 informing them they will be enrolled automatically in Medicare Part B unless they decline. Beneficiaries who enrolled between January 2001 and December 2004 and are paying a surcharge (meaning the premium is more than $66.60 a month) should receive a form notifying them that their Part B premium surcharges are being cancelled and the overages returned. In addition, beneficiaries who enrolled in Part B during the January - March general enrollment period of 2004 will be given the option of retaining their July 2004 entitlement date or changing the entitlement date to any other month in 2004. For more information, visit www.ssa.gov/legislation/tricare.html.

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VA AUTOMATES DISABLED INSURANCE APPLICATION
July 23, 2004

The Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded its online benefits applications to include Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance. The application can be accessed at VA's main Web page at www.va.gov or through the insurance Web pages at www.insurance.va.gov. To initiate the process through a secure Web site protecting users' privacy, eligible veterans should click on "Apply for S-DVI Insurance Online Using Our Autoform Application." Once transmitted, applications are immediately processed, however, veterans who are uncomfortable submitting their application online may print it from the Web site and mail or fax it. S-DVI is a VA program of life insurance that provides $10,000 of coverage to veterans who have received a service-connected disability rating for a new condition from VA within the past two years; were separated from service on or after April 25, 1951, under other than dishonorable conditions; and are in good health except for their service-connected conditions.
 

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