‘Transparency & Fairness’ Coming to Vet’s Benefits
In a prepared statement, Luria noted that this bipartisan bill would work to protect Veterans who are applying for VA disability benefits in that it would require the VA to maintain, properly store, and make DBQ’s available on the VA website.
DBQ’s, or disability benefits questionnaires, are forms that medical providers and other assisting Veterans use in order to properly submit any evidence to support a disability claim. The VBA removed these forms from their website and shut down their in-office meetings to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing.
While this did allow for all parties involved to be safe in a pandemic, it does also work against those who are trying to prove their claim.
In her initial statement, Rep. Luria said that this will “restore access for Veterans and their representatives to the DBQ forms required by the VA to submit medical evidence justifying a VA disability claim. Our proposal also prevents Veterans from having their disability claim delayed or denied because the VA changed their DBQ form during the application process without the Veteran knowing.”
In addition to the aforementioned, this bill would also require the VBA to accept a DBQ form for up to one year after completion by a non-VA medical provider, even if the VBA in question updates or changes the form itself.
Veterans in Kentucky have noted that they’ve seen an uptick in difficulty submitting their claims for disability, to which they’re entitled, in large part due to the fact that the VBA abruptly changed their forms.
This would utterly and completely rectify that issue, and was why a former Vet and Sixth District Veterans Coalition member, Denny Hart had brought it to the attention of Barr originally.
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