Davis Cosponsors Veterans Claim Transparency Act
To improve the transparency of claims for U.S. veterans, U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) on April 22 co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide a veteran’s representative the possibility of examining a proposal for a VA decision. concerning this compensation or claim for benefits.
“Ultimately, this bill is about ensuring that our veterans are able to access the benefits they have earned through their service,” said Representative Davis. “Streamlining VA and making it more efficient is a small step we can take to fulfill our obligation to those who have served our country and put their lives in danger.”
Representative Davis introduced the Veterans Claim Transparency Act, HR 2753, with the sponsor of the bill, U.S. Representative Colin Allred (D-TX) to help veterans receive specific VA benefits by restoring and codifying “the 48-hour rule, ”which allows a veteran’s representative to review the VA’s preliminary decision on a benefit claim 48 hours before finalizing its determination, according to an invoice summary provided by Representative Davis’s office .
The VA in April 2020 announced that the ministry was ending its decades-old practice of allowing veterans service representatives to verify the accuracy of benefit decisions before decisions were finalized and sent to veterans. fighters because the VA said its online complaints system completed the 48-hour review. outdated process.
If passed, HR 2753 would allow a representative of a veteran, such as a Veterans Service Organization (OVS), to correct errors in benefit claims to ensure veterans receive their benefits. correct the first time without having to file appeals at a later date, the summary says. .
“Our country’s veterans are our heroes, and the last thing they should face is a cumbersome and unfair VA claim process,” said Representative Davis. “The Veterans Complaints Transparency Act will reinstate a 48-hour review for complaints, so that VSOs like the VFW can help veterans review, correct, or challenge an AV decision.”
The bill, which is supported by Paralyzed Veterans of America, has been referred to the United States House Veterans Committee for consideration.