Veterans Must Prove VA Failure To Provide Information Led to Denial of Medical Claims, Supreme Court Rules
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in a 6-3 decision ruled that veterans who allege the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to tell them what information was needed to support their medical claims must prove that VA's actions affected the denial of their claims, the AP/Kansas City Star reports. A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., previously had ruled that it was the responsibility of VA to prove the mistakes were not harmful to the veterans. The case involved two veterans who were denied medical treatment for conditions that the VA board said could not be proven to be service related (AP/Kansas City Star, 4/21).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.