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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination: VA Issues Rules for Hospital Care and Medical Services for Camp Lejeune Veterans

Today, VA issued a final rule addressing health care for Camp Lejeune veterans, primarily addressing the right to retroactive reimbursement for copayments. A separate rule will be issued for veterans' family members.

  1. Vets who served at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987 are not subject to copayments for hospital care and medical services provided for a covered condition on or after August 6, 2012. Vets can request retroactive reimbursement if he or she "requested Camp Lejeune veteran status" no later than September 24, 2016.
  2. Vets who served at at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1956 are not subject to copayments for hospital care and medical services provided for a covered condition on or after December 16, 2014. Vets can request retroactive reimbursement if he or she "requested Camp Lejeune veteran status" no later than July 18, 2018.

Covered conditions include (1) esophageal cancer; (2) lung cancer; (3) breast cancer; (4) bladder cancer; (5) kidney cancer; (6) leukemia; (7) multiple myeloma; (8) myelodysplastic syndromes; (9) renal toxicity; (10) hepatic steatosis; (11) female infertility; (12) miscarriage; (13) scleroderma; (14) neurobehavioral effects; and (15) Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The rule is effective July 18, 2016, and you can view the Federal Register notice here.

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-18/pdf/2016-16917.pdf

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