The U.S. House of Representatives has apparently passed a bill that seeks to address the delays that all too often occur when a VA disability claim is appealed. As some of our readers may know, the appeal process for veterans’ benefits involves multiple steps, and can be complex. The bill seeks to establish a process whereby the process might be sped up and simplified. For this purpose, a 15-member commission or task force is to be set up.
The task force, according to the bill, is to look at whether it makes sense to expand judicial review to all federal circuit courts, which could be empowered to hear class action suits on disability claims appeals. In addition, the bill seeks to speed up the transfer of medical records and to require more transparency with respect to the claims backlog.