For U.S. military service members who have benefit claims denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); the appeals process is long, complicated, and stressful. A recently enacted change in the law may now transform how the VA reviews those decisions. An overview of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act (AMA) is available here.
About the Act
The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act amends regulations regarding the appeal of claim denials, establishes guidelines regarding adjudication, and amends the rules of practice regarding how the Board hears appeals. It revises regulations surrounding accreditation of attorneys, agents, and representatives—as well as standards of conduct for those practicing before the Board. In addition, the Act revises rules on fees for representation. Proponents call the Act one of the most significant changes made to the VA.
The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act aims to transform the process to appeal denied claims. The goal is to make the process simpler, quicker, and more efficient. Under the Act, veterans who disagree with a VA decision have more options to appeal—including a supplemental claim, high-level review, or a direct appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA).
Under current rules, appeals average somewhere between three to seven years to resolve. With the Act in place, the VA aims to complete supplemental claims and high-level reviews within 125 days. Decisions appealed directly to the BVA are expected to require an average time of 365 days.
Support for the Change
VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said: “VA has been preparing for full implementation of the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA) over the past 18 months. Our staff has worked diligently—particularly in the last few weeks—to ensure the new, streamlined process is available to Veterans in February.” Cheryl Mason, chair of BVA, added: “VA remains deeply committed to helping veterans receive the benefits they have earned in a timely manner. The new appeals process honors this commitment by providing veterans more choice and control over how their claims and appeals are handled.”
We Can Help
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