The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's been able to vaccinate its health care workers with relative speed, but reaching the broader veteran population has and will continue to be a challenge.
Tests on VA's new system showed more than 500 serious problems as recently as last summer. The department managed to resolve or work around almost all of them by the time of its first deployment in October.
Veterans and health care have changed a lot since 1945 when the vast cohort started returning home from World War II. The VA's acting Undersecretary for Health, Dr. Richard Stone, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a review.
Implementation of the CARES Act and vaccine distribution has been rocky. We got a look at the latest assessment from the Government Accountability Office's managing director for health care issues Nicole Clowers.
The pandemic has made a hash out of many people's lives, bringing anxiety, health care, child care, even relationship stress. And that's especially true for military members.
JC Cardinale, Legislative Affairs manager at the National Guard Association of the United States, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for details.
In today's Federal Newscast: Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) wants to know when and how Federal Employees will get vaccinated. The reenlisted rate in one branch of the military is sky high. And the COVID-19 relief checks are in the mail and being deposited directly.
A whole swath of professions will lose special pay if Congress can't override the NDAA veto.
Top negotiators in Congress have sealed a deal on $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package.
VA has paused its near-real-time public reporting of new COVID-19 cases, but as of Dec. 11, the department was tracking 17,757 active cases, including 1,441 VA health care workers with active COVID-19, according to VA's public data.
Most federal workers and retirees pay health insurance premiums to one of the many plans in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. But a growing number of people now have their health plans paying them.
Between the Defense Department, the Veterans Affairs Department and the Health and Human Services Department, the government is one of the biggest health care providers anywhere.
In today's Federal Newscast, the Postal Service reports an uptick in mail volume a few weeks ahead of Election Day, but on-time delivery is also on the rise.
Participants in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) can expect to pay, on average, 4.9% more for their health insurance in 2021. Participants may pay more or less depending on the options they choose.