By Tim Kowols
Area veterans continue their waiting game when it comes to a private option with their healthcare. The Veterans Choice programs from the Department of Veterans Affairs allows qualified individuals to get the help they need from a private healthcare provider if they are too far or wait too long for an appointment at a local VA facility. Kewaunee County Veterans Service Officer Jane Babcock says the problem now is figuring out who is paying who and how quickly the VA can pay the bill, often at the expense of the veteran receiving treatment.
Babcock says while the situation is improving, now it is dealing with hospitals, the VA, and insurance companies forcing veterans to have to fill out the required paperwork three times to get their services paid for correctly.