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U.S. Overpaying for Veterans’ Healthcare
Health Leaders Media

The federal government is wasting more than $3.2 billion a year because it is paying twice to provide the same care for veterans, once through capitated rates to Medicare Advantage plans, and again to finance the VA healthcare system, which actually provides the care.

That’s according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that the Veterans Healthcare System spent $13 billion—from 1.3 billion in 2004 to $3.2 billion in 2009—providing care for 1.25 million “dual-eligible” vets covered by Medicare Advantage plans.