02/24/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/24/2021 13:52
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough regarding income driven inequities in how the COVID-19 vaccination is being administered to Veterans in his district, and nationwide.
'My District Office has heard from literally dozens of frustrated Veterans who received a notice from the VA, and who are 100% eligible to receive a COVID vaccination-only to be turned away because of arbitrary income thresholds. This cannot stand and I urge the Department of Veteran Affairs to take swift action to ensure that all Veterans are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at VA Medical Centers, regardless of VHA eligibility or income requirements.'
Congressman Boyle's letter to Secretary McDonough identifies a 2006 Veteran Affairs ruling that is the core of this COVID-19 vaccination delivery problem. The 2006 rule mandates that Veterans who are not already receiving care at VA Medical Centers are not eligible to enroll in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health care program unless their income is below a certain threshold. As a result, countless Veterans nationwide have been turned away from the VA when attempting to receive vaccinations, despite having received notices from the VA stating that Medical Centers are administering COVID-19 vaccines.
A full copy of the letter can be found HERE