11.19.08

Burr Welcomes Increased Veterans Travel Reimbursement Rates

Reimbursement rates increase by 45%

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) this afternoon informed veterans that as of today, November 17, 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has increased its Beneficiary Travel program mileage reimbursement for travel related to health care and disability compensation examinations. Previously set at 28.5 cents per mile, the beneficiary travel mileage reimbursement has been increased to 41.5 cents per mile.

"Every North Carolinian, and every American, owes a debt of gratitude to our nation's veterans," Burr said. "One way we express our appreciation for the sacrifices of our veterans is by providing them high quality, accessible health care. By taking this common-sense step to increase the rate of reimbursement for qualified veterans traveling to health care centers, we are closer to ensuring that America's veterans receive the quality of care they have earned."

The increase in the mileage reimburse rate follows on the heels of legislation enacted into law in October that lowered the deductible veterans must pay before they could be reimbursed for travel. Importantly, the law also prohibits a further increase in the deductible whenever VA may, in the future, raise the mileage reimbursement rate again.

To read the text of the VA's decision to increase mileage reimbursement, follow this link: http://www.federalregister.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2008-27339_PI.pdf