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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Ambulance company: VA not moving fast enough on claims

June 3, 2015
In The News

Federal officials have been slow to pay companies providing emergency medical transportation to veterans, sometimes leaving veterans stuck with the bill, the vice president of a Lafayette ambulance company told Congress Wednesday.

The Veterans Affairs Department “has a responsibility to ensure that our veterans receive the best health care we can provide,” Asbel Montes, vice president of Acadian, told a House subcommittee. “It also has a responsibility to ensure they are not required to bear an unjustified burden because the VA fails to pay non-VA providers in a timely and accurate manner.”

Members of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, including Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Aldo, blasted the VA for acting slowly to reimburse ambulance companies, hospitals and other businesses for providing services to veterans, and said they will hold agency officials accountable.

“It’s totally unacceptable what’s happening,” Abraham, a physician and Army veteran, said after Wednesday’s hearing. “Our veterans are getting negative credit ratings because they are having to get the bill that the VA should have paid months, if not years ago.”

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