VA Reports Reduction in Claims Backlog
During a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC) hearing this week Thomas Murphy, director of compensation service for the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) announced that the VA has reached a “tipping point” in its struggle to reduce the massive disability claims backlog. The backlog has been reduced from 866,000 to 816,000 since January 2013. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki vowed to reduce disability claim processing to no longer than 125 days for adjudication with 98 percent accuracy rate by the end of 2015.
In related news the House passed the FY 2014 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bill (H.R. 2216) that provides $155 million to implement a paperless claims process system (Veterans Benefits Management System-VBMS), and funding for 94 more claims processors.