Travel Rates for veterans could be changing with the passage of these 2 Bills. Voice your opinion in support of removel of the deductives.

In the Senate S-9941

In the House H-4721


Am I eligible for travel benefits?

FAQ

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may be eligible for VA travel benefits associated with obtaining VA Health care services. Travel paid to you will be to the nearest VA medical facility that is properly equipped and staffed to provide needed care and treatment. VA has the authority to pay for transportation of eligible veterans traveling to VA authorized non-VA health care.

In most cases, travel benefits are subject to a deductible. Exceptions to the deductible requirement are:

You qualify for travel benefits if:

Allied Beneficiaries
Mileage Rate (Effective 2/1/08:
General Patient Travel..................................................................$.28.5 per mile

Scheduled appointments qualify for round-trip mileage—unscheduled visits are limited to return mileage only.

VA Directed Travel ...................................................................... $.28.5 per mile

Authorized travel associated with VA’s request for a re-examination of a veteran following an initial Compensation and Pension examination.

Deductible: $7.77 for each one-way trip ($15.54 for each round trip)
There is a monthly deductible cap of $46.62 for travel to all VA facilities. Upon reaching $46.62 in deductibles, travel payments made for the balance of that particular month will be free of deductible charges.

Note: Mileage reimbursement claims for travel prior to February 1, 2008 will be processed at the previous rate of 11 cents per mile for General Patient Travel and 17 cents per mile for VA Directed Travel with deductibles of $3 per one-way trip; $6 for round trip; with a maximum deductible cap of $18 per calendar month.

For more information you can contact the travel clerk at your local VA facility or visit http://www.va.gov/CBO/docs/benetravelfaqs.doc.


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