Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today applauded the decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to reopen enrollment for Priority Group 8 in the VA health care system, which had been closed since 2003. Johnson, as Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, included $325 million dollars in the FY09 budget to make this expansion possible.
“This decision by the VA will mean hundreds more South Dakota veterans can get the access to care they need,” said Johnson. “As Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, I included resources not only to reopen this valuable program, but to ensure more in our state can access the benefits it provides.”
Johnson worked from his position as Chairman to include $325 million in the FY09 budget to expand Priority 8 enrollment. This funding means that more than 265,000 veterans across the country can now utilize this important program, which provides our veterans with access to care to treat non-combat related conditions.
The new restrictions, which took effect today, raise the income caps for veterans. To find out if you qualify under the new requirements, the Department of Veterans Affairs has an income calculator available at http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/apps/enrollmentcalculator/.
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