Thousands of veterans to receive expanded health coverage through full implementation of PACT Act

Expanded Toxic Exposure Health Coverage for Veterans under the PACT Act – Ensuring Benefits Deserved

Rep. Joe Morelle (D-25) gathered with local officials and representatives of the Finger Lakes VA in downtown Rochester on Monday to discuss another phase of the PACT (Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics) Act coming into effect this month. Jason Richards, an Outreach Program Coordinator with the VA, explained that the full implementation of the legislation means that veterans who may have health issues due to exposure to toxins will now be covered in a wide range of situations. This new provision allows for toxic exposure discussions regardless of combat, making more veterans eligible for VA health care.

Originally targeted to assist veterans exposed to things like burn pits and Agent Orange in Vietnam, the PACT Act now covers toxic exposures for veterans in any location. Morelle expressed gratitude to the Veterans Administration for the quick approval of the new health coverage implementation. He emphasized the importance of ensuring veterans and their families receive the benefits they deserve, as exposure to toxins can impact not only the veteran but also their family members.

It is believed that there are likely thousands of veterans in the Finger Lakes region and many more nationwide who will benefit from the expanded regulations. Morelle and local VA representatives are working to spread awareness to veterans who may be eligible for healthcare coverage under the new law. Additional information can be found on the VA’s website.

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