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Dave-OH
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Posted - Mar 31 2010 :  11:29:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have written a lot on military.com on the topic. I want to make sure our members are aware of the new rule. The Secretary of the VA has issued rules that make Ischemic Heart Disease, which includes Coronary Artery Disease a presumptive for VA compensation based on Agent Orange exposure. This means if you served in Vietnam and have certain heart diseases, you may have a claim to substantial VA Compensation. This compensation is tax free and does not affect Social Security.

Heart disease is not the only presumptive disease from Vietnam. Type II diabetics is the other major disease that affects a number of veterans.

If you have questions, please ask.

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geezmk
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Posted - Jul 20 2010 :  6:55:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can you help me with information on how the prescription program works? If so I'll have a few more questions. I too am a Vietnam vet. Thanks.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jul 20 2010 :  7:13:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Are you service connected or enrolled in the VA Medical system?

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geezmk
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Posted - Jul 20 2010 :  9:05:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am enrolled in the VA health system - I'm not service connected. From what I understand is that once I see a primary doctor at the VA clinic that I can have my regular lung doctor fax in prescriptions and they will be filled for $8 and either mailed to me or be sent via UPS.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  01:15:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Only a VA doctor can write prescriptions to be filled at the VA. I am service connected and see a VA lung doctor. You VA PCP can order prescriptions based on your private doctors orders.

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geezmk
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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  02:01:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So it appears that my doctor can fax prescriptions to the VA clinic and then they can be filled. It is my understanding that this has nothing to do with Medicare and does not effect the donut hole. Are the medications shipped by mail or UPS? Besides the $8 per prescription is the veteran responsible for postage?Is the $8 a flat rate regardless of the medication? You are being very helpful and I appreciate it. Do you have COPD? What stage? What inhalers do you use? Have you hear of The Vest machine? I use the The Vest and it has help by breathing. I am on oxygen 24/7 - 3 ltr, stage III - severe COPD. My doctor brought up transplanting but I don't think I want to risk it, I am looking at LVR's now. Besides COPD I have Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID) Bronchiectasis and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, in remission since 2007. With the CVID I take gamma globulin IV's monthly and concerned about it's effect on a lung transplant. I was in Vietnam both in the army and as a civilian, I was on the 2nd to last plane out in 1975. Again, thanks for your help.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  11:15:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your doctor can not fax a Rx to the VA and have it filled. Only a VA doctor can have a prescription filled by the VA. Only drugs on their formulary can be filled, and certain drugs can only be prescribed by a specialist at the VA. If you are non-service connected it may be difficult to get off formulary drugs. Your Non-Hodgkin's may exclude you from a transplant.

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geezmk
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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  12:17:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you have COPD? Can COPD medication - Foradil, Spiriva, Albuterol INH and Flovent be filled by a VA doctor or do they have to be filled by a VA specialist?
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geezmk
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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  1:03:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I forgot Combivent. Is there anywhere on the net where I can see what their formulary drugs are? I've ruled out getting a transplant, but may look into LVR.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  1:57:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have bronchectasis and asthma that are service connmected. Since I see a Pulmonologist and an Allergist at the VA, I can not tell you what a PCP can fill. Albuterol, Foradil and Spiriva are on the formulary, but Spiriva may require a specialist or a VA diagnosis. Flovent has an equivalent on the formulary. Each region has their own formulary set by the pharmacy and the medical services. The National Forumlary is at http://www.pbm.va.gov/NationalFormulary.aspx


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geezmk
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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  2:45:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since I am not service connected I would be able to get medication that is on the formulary? You have been a great help and I appreciate it. Thanks. How does the VA send out medication - mail or UPS? I am an army brat - my dad retired from the military. Myself I served only 5yrs. I was told that my Non-Hodgkin's may be due to agent orange - I received treatment from 2000-2007 I didn't know that I might have been able to receive some type of compensation or benefits but now that I am in remission there is nothing to pursue.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  3:19:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK. Usually via USPS. Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is presumptive for Agent Orange. If you were denied, you should seek out a Veteran's Service Officer. They will help you re-file, and get back pay. I suggest if you want help, come to the Veteran's Affairs forum of Military.com. We specialize in that on the forum. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/nh_lymphoma.asp for more info on AO and Lymphoma.


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geezmk
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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  3:38:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll check that web site out. I never applied because I didn't know anything about it, therefore I wasn't denied. Now that I'm in remission, since 2007, I can't apply can I?
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  3:45:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You had it and you should apply. A Veterans Service Officer or VSO can provide free assistance. DAV, AMVETS, Order of the Purple Heart, VFW, Marine Corps League and many others provide this type of help for free. Call and set up an appointment. Be clear it is about Agent Orange. Also, schedule an free Agent Orange evaluation at the VA Medical Center.
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/registry.asp

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geezmk
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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  3:55:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will pursue this when I go fo the clinic next month. You've been a wonderful source of information - thanks.
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jennyloves
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Posted - Aug 15 2010 :  12:15:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks for your posting, i try to find them for few days, it is useful for me.




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rph102550
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USA
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Posted - Jul 14 2012 :  12:48:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My husband was diagnosed this year with COPD and also has Coronary Artery Disease, he has had a stent inserted about 5 years ago but no civilian doctor has ever asked about his military service. He served in the the USN during the Vietnam era 1970-74 aboard a ship. He was in DaNang Harbor serveral times, he was an electrician and was exposed to asbestos. Could these conditions be qualified for VA disability as service connected?

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rph102550
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Posted - Jul 14 2012 :  12:49:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He was a smoker but has not smoked in almost 30 years.

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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jul 14 2012 :  09:09:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A history of smoking indicates that the COPD is probably not service connected. As for the CAD, talk to a Veterans Service Officer. There is a list of blue water ships that the crew is considered to have Agent Orange exposure, and that would entitle him to compensatation for the heart disease. They provide free services. DAV, AMVETS, American Legion, VFW and MOPH are just a few. They have offices at most VA medical centers. If rated by the VA, they will provide free medical care for your husband.

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