|Title:||Veterans Are Still Being Required to Attend Unwarranted Medical Reexaminations for Disability Benefits|
|VA Office:||Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)
|Report Author:||Office of Audits and Evaluations
To ensure veterans’ monthly compensation benefits are consistent with their levels of disability, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) requires reexaminations for veterans when there is a need to verify the continued existence or the current severity of a disability. VBA’s policy is to request reexaminations only when mandated by law or if necessary before reducing an evaluation (i.e., reducing a veteran’s disability rating due to improvements in the disability). While required reexaminations are important to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately, unwarranted reexaminations are a waste of appropriated funds, could cause undue hardships for veterans, and reduce the efficiency and timeliness of claims processing. The OIG conducted this review to determine whether VBA staff correctly followed procedures when requesting medical reexaminations.