|Title:||VA Needs Better Internal Communication and Data Sharing to Strengthen the Administration of Spina Bifida Benefits|
|VA Office:||Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)
|Report Author:||Office of Audits and Evaluations
The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) reviewed key aspects of VA’s spina bifida program in response to congressional and other concerns that eligible individuals may not be receiving the compensation, healthcare, home services, and other benefits to which they are entitled. Monthly payments under this relatively small but critical program (serving more than 1,000 beneficiaries) exceeded $20.8 million in 2019, with medical reimbursements of over $45 million.