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Capitol Health Call
May 7, 2003

Veterans' Health Benefits

JAMA. 2003;289(17):2202. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2202-a

Thousands of veterans receiving Veterans Administration (VA) health benefits may lose them when soldiers from the war in Iraq return, Robert Roswell, MD, told the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations in late March. Roswell is the undersecretary for health at the VA.

"If there is . . . demand for care, lower priority veterans could get bumped," Roswell told the committee. "It's the way the law is written." Veterans in the lowest priority categories (based on such factors as type of injury) stand to lose health benefits such as outpatient care and pharmacy benefits.