Veterans

Veterans face surprise medical bills from non-VA hospitals

More veterans are able to get more care outside the VA system, but improper billing oversight has put thousands at risk for unanticipated hospital bills.

By the numbers: A report this week from the VA’s Office of Inspector General found that many veterans’ claims were improperly denied after they sought care in the emergency rooms of non-VA facilities.

Concerns mount over depression drug Spravato as VA approval looms

A recently approved drug for treatment-resistant depression was branded as a wonder drug, but serious questions have been raised about its approval process, effectiveness and safety, the Center for Public Integrity reports.

Why it matters: "For veterans whose ranks are plagued by depression and suicides, much is at stake," CPI writes. "A drug that offers [a] fast and lasting answer for treatment-resistant depression would be a godsend. But is this drug the answer?"