The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has rejected with stunning speed a motion from the Department of Veterans Affairs that it be allowed to stop taking steps toward reimbursing hundreds of thousands of veterans, for the non-VA emergency care costs they have paid, until higher courts rule on VA’s appeal.
Warning of possible “accounting chaos” if payments must begin before appeals are exhausted, VA lawyers Friday filed a motion with the Veterans Claims court to stay the “precedential effect” of the court’s decision last year in Staab v. McDonald, now renamed Staab v Shulkin with a new VA Secretary in office.
VA should not have to continue to take complex and costly steps toward reimbursing these veterans or survivors for non-VA emergency healthcare claims, VA lawyers argued, because the Veterans Claims court decision is likely to be overturned, which would mean VA isn’t liable to pay a rising mountain of claims.
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Posted by Arnaldo Rodgers on February 28, 2017, With 0 Reads, Filed under Veterans Affairs (VA). You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry