Prior to 1996, the Veterans Administration (VA) did not compensate for sleep apnea treatment. Last year, the VA shelled out an estimated $1.7 billion in sleep apnea related reimbursement for equipment such as CPAP.
According to Shreveport Times columnist Tom Philpott, the relatively new amounts have not gone unnoticed by the VA Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation. In fact, the committee privately recommended to Allison A. Hickey, under secretary for Benefits, that the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) consider four steps to address a “recent surge” in VA compensation awards for sleep apnea.
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