35K Combat Veterans Denied Health Coverage Because of Computer System Glitch
About 35,000 combat veterans appear to be unable to enroll in Department of Veterans Affairs health coverage because of a computer system error, according to an internal document. The document shows that 35,093 combat veterans who have applied for VA care are not receiving such care because they are incorrectly listed in the system as needing to submit a "means test" of their household income. Combat veterans are not required to complete the test, according to VA spokesperson Walinda West. They automatically qualify for no-cost VA care for five years.
- "Leaked Document: 35,000 Combat Vets Denied VA Health Care Enrollment Due To Computer Error" (Bendery, Huffington Post, 8/10).