Legion Press Conference to Force Call to Action
Posted on September 13th, 2016
WASHINGTON, September 13, 2016 — The American Legion is inviting external media, congressional representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) leadership, and other veteran service organizations to attend a press conference asking Congress to pass the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act.
The press conference will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14th at Senate Swamp on Capitol Hill and will include guest speaker Lou Celli, The American Legion’s Director of Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation and Acting Director of Legislative.
The VA Appeals Modernization Act, if passed, will allow the VA to modernize its outdated appeals process and ensure that veterans are receiving the care that they deserve in a timely manner.
Recently, The American Legion has encouraged its 2.2 million members to reach out to Congress and demand that they pass the Act through an action alert [Hyperlink: http://www.capwiz.com/legion/issues/alert/?alertid=73873626].
“Modernizing VA’s archaic appeals process is of the utmost priority. Over the past year, The American Legion has engaged in discussions with VA leadership, VSO’s, and private attorneys to improve the claims and appeals process,” said The American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt. “Please tell Congress you expect both parties to work together responsibly to pass legislation which includes a simple and fair appeals process that provides veterans and their families their earned benefits in a timely manner.”
Confirmed attendees for the press conference include:
- The American Legion Washington, D.C., Headquarters
- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
- The American Veterans Inc. (AMVETS)
- Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
- Paralyzed Veteran of America (PVA)
- VA Secretary Robert McDonald
- Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
- Jon Tester (D-Mont.)
- Dina Titus (D-Nev.)
- Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.)
- Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.)
- Ralph Abraham (R-La.)
- Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.)
- Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.)
- Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)
For questions or directions to the location, call 202-224-6452.
About The American Legion
With a current membership of 2.2 million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 13,000 posts across the nation.
Media Contact: Crystal Jackson, Media Relations Manager, 202-263-5758, firstname.lastname@example.org
VA Announces Community Care Call Center to Help Veterans with Choice Program Billing Issues
Posted on May 17th, 2016
WASHINGTON – Veterans can now work directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to resolve debt collection issues resulting from inappropriate or delayed Choice Program billing. In step with MyVA’s efforts to modernize VA’s customer-focused, Veteran-centered services capabilities, a Community Care Call Center has been set up for Veterans experiencing adverse credit reporting or debt collection resulting from inappropriately billed Choice Program claims. Veterans experiencing these problems can call 1-877-881-7618 for assistance.
“As a result of the Veterans Choice Program, community providers have seen thousands of Veterans. We continue to work to make the program more Veteran-friendly,” said Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health. “There should be no bureaucratic burden that stands in the way of Veterans getting care.”
The new call center will work to resolve instances of improper Veteran billing and assist community care medical providers with delayed payments. VA staff are also trained and ready to work with the medical providers to expunge adverse credit reporting on Veterans resulting from delayed payments to providers.
VA is urging Veterans to continue working with their VA primary care team to obtain necessary health care services regardless of adverse credit reporting or debt collection activity.
VA acknowledges that delayed payments and inappropriately billed claims are unacceptable and have caused stress for Veterans and providers alike. The new call center is the first step in addressing these issues. VA presented The Plan to Consolidate Community Care in October of 2015 that outlines additional solutions to streamline processes and improve timely provider payment.
For more details about the Veterans Choice Program and VA’s progress, visit: www.va.gov/opa/choiceact . Veterans seeking to use the Veterans Choice Program can call1-866-606-8198 to find out more about the program, confirm their eligibility and schedule an appointment.
PAID UP FOR LIFE PRICING Effective June 1, 2016
Posted on May 10th, 2016
The following is provided for your information:
As most of you are aware, the membership dues increased $5 in January of this year 2016. Also part of the resolution to increase dues stated that the PUFL rates would remain the same until June 1, 2016 at which time the Finance Commission would adjust the rate to reflect prudent actuarial assumptions. Last week at the National Spring meetings in Indianapolis, based on a report from actuaries McCready and Keene, Inc., the Finance Commission set PUFL pricing effective June 1, 2016 as follows:
|PAID UP FOR LIFE PRICING EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2016|
|This table is used for all paid-up-for-life pricing for posts’ dues rates of $48 or less. For alll dues rates $48.01 and higher, telephone customer service at 317-860-3111 or 800-433-3318.|
If you have members interested in buying a PUFL, I recommend they do it prior to the new rates effective June 1, 2016.
LegionCare program now improved!
Posted on September 14th, 2015
The Legionnaire Insurance Trust (LIT) is pleased to announce some important changes to the LegionCare program just revealed at the 97th Annual American Legion National Convention earlier this month.
The first of these exciting updates – starting for enrollments after 1/1/2015, anyone enrolled in LegionCare will be covered for as long as they remain a member of The Legion Family. No need to re-enroll every 5 years!
The second change, and what we think is the most important – All “Legion Family” members – Legion, senior ALA, and senior SAL – in good standing are now eligible for the coverage. The Legionnaire Insurance Trust has been working hard to provide valuable benefits to your entire family and we look forward to continuing to serve veterans’ insurance needs.
Those “Legion Family” members stopping by our booth were able to enroll in the LIT’s LegionCare program and have their coverage become effective immediately, but this opportunity is not restricted to just those who were at the National Convention. Every eligible “Legion Family” member may enroll, but the member must sign-up to be covered. Please keep the momentum going after the convention and spread the word about these exciting changes to LegionCare.
Reminder about LegionCare:
What is LegionCare? LegionCare provides up to $1,000 of 24 hours accidental death coverage to an enrolled member. And if an enrolled members suffers a covered loss while performing “official Legion Family business”, there is an additional $4,000 benefit* –bringing the total to up to $5,000.
How do I enroll? Just go online to www.TheLIT.com/No-Cost-LegionCare and fill in the requested information. By enrolling on-line, your coverage will begin immediately and you will get an e-mail confirmation within minutes. Those without access to the internet may enroll by calling the LIT’s toll-free number – (800) 235-6943 – and our customer service area will process your enrollment over the phone.
Don’t delay – sign-up today!
National PUFL Application Processing Change
Posted on March 4th, 2015
MEMO: To All Posts Adjutants
MEMO FROM: Jack Querfeld, Director, Internal Affairs Division
SUBJECT: Paid-Up-For-Life Application Processing Change
In January 2014, National Headquarters introduced a new simplified pricing structure for its Paid-Up-For-Life (PUFL) plan which also included the ability for a member to apply online for lifetime membership. This was done with the intent of simplifying the entire process for the member.
Beginning July 1, 2015, National Headquarters will no longer accept PUFL applications that were previously distributed in bulk to Departments or Posts. This includes any PUFL application reflecting a rate chart with the effective date of October 2009 or earlier.
All PUFL applications must be submitted to National by one of the three methods noted below. We will continue the policy of notifying the Post and Department when a member applies for a lifetime membership; this provides the opportunity for the Post to challenge the application, if necessary.
ONLINE APPLICATION: The member accesses the PUFL page on National’s website at www.legion.org/pufl to obtain a rate quote and/or submit an electronic application. Once the rate quote is received, the member can opt to apply online which will cause their record information to appear for confirmation purposes. Once confirmed and the payment information is completed, the member selects the Submit button to complete the application process. NOTE: If the member doesn’t have internet access, either themselves or through family/friends, this process should be performed by the Post or the Department. A quick link to the PUFL application website has been added to myLegion for Posts and Departments.
PRINTABLE APPLICATION: The member accesses the PUFL page on National’s website at www.legion.org/pufl to obtain a rate quote and/or print an application. Once the rate quote is received, the member can opt to print a paper application to complete and mail to National Headquarters. The application will be pre-filled with the member’s ID Number, Name, Address, Birth Date and the total cost of the PUFL membership. (If any of the member’s information needs to be updated, it can be noted on the application.) The member then simply mails the application and payment to National Headquarters at the address shown on the form. NOTE: If the member doesn’t have internet access, either themselves or through family/friends, the application should be printed by the Post or the Department and forwarded to the member for completion. A quick link to the PUFL application website has been added to myLegion for Posts and Departments.
CALL A CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST: Any member can speak to one of National’s Customer Service Specialists by calling our toll free number at 800-433-3318. They’re happy to answer any questions…print and mail a PUFL application…or even take the application over the phone. However, this should not be considered the primary procedure since all members, Posts, and Departments have the same ability.