By Lee Berthiaume The Canadian Press Thu., March 7, 2019 OTTAWA—Despite repeated promises to fix the mess, the number of veterans waiting to find out whether they qualify for disability benefits has continued to grow, and there are fears the turmoil will only worsen in the coming weeks. New figures from Veterans Affairs Canada show nearly 40,000 veterans were waiting at the end of November to hear whether their applications for financial assistance would be approved — 11,000 more than the previous year. And more than one-third of the total had been in the queue longer than 16 weeks, which was also an increase and a sign that veterans are waiting ever longer to find out whether they are entitled to assistance. That is despite the Trudeau government’s having moved to hire more front line staff and committing $42 million over two years in last year’s budget to clear up the backlog, which has been a source of concern for years. Revelations about … [Read more...] about Nearly 40,000 Canadian veterans waiting for disability benefits as backlog keeps growing
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By Lee Berthiaume The Canadian Press Thu., Feb. 21, 2019 OTTAWA—The Trudeau government faced fresh fire over its treatment of disabled veterans on Thursday after a new analysis by Parliament’s budgetary watchdog found an incoming system of benefits will shortchange some of the most severely injured former service members. The report by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux also appeared to confirm what many within the veterans’ community have long maintained, namely that the benefits for those leaving the Forces today are less generous than was available to previous generations. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who is acting as the veterans affairs minister following Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation last week, defended the Liberals’ plan, saying it will address many of the shortcomings of previous systems. “This system that we are putting into place looks after our veterans in a much more comprehensive way,” he said. … [Read more...] about Some disabled veterans to get less cash under Liberal plan, budget watchdog says
By Colin Perkel The Canadian Press Fri., Jan. 25, 2019 The federal government knowingly short-changed hundreds of thousands of disabled veterans and RCMP members about $165 million in benefits, a proposed class action filed in Federal Court on Friday asserts. The unproven claim, which seeks $600 million in damages, accuses the government of negligence and breach of contract among other things. It also wants the court to order the government to pay the owed benefits with interest. “Canada’s calculation error has resulted in loss to vulnerable eligible members who rely on benefits to survive,” the suit alleges. “Canada has known about the calculation error for years but it has not taken appropriate steps to rectify its conduct.” The lawsuit, which has yet to be certified as a class action, follows a calculation error the government admits making in 2002. As a result, as many as 270,000 veterans and others receiving a disability pension or … [Read more...] about Feds sued for short-changing disabled veterans and alleged cover-up
By Kate Feldman New York Daily News Tues., July 17, 2018 Sacha Baron Cohen lied about his identity, but he never pretended to be a veteran, Showtime insisted Monday amid controversy. The Borat funnyman debuted his new show, Who Is America?, on Showtime Sunday night, but much of the mockumentary’s advertising was done the week prior by a string of right-wing politicians and celebrities who had been duped by Cohen. Among the loudest complainers were Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher and Joe Wilson, radio host Joe Walsh, former Sen. Majority Leader Trent Lott and gun rights advocate Philip Van Cleave, who all happily endorsed a program to arm kindergarteners in an attempt to stop school shootings. But it was former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s allegations that Cohen had disguised himself as “a disabled U.S. Veteran, fake wheelchair and all” to trick her into an interview, that led to a Los Angeles billboard Monday morning that accused … [Read more...] about Showtime says Sacha Baron Cohen didn’t ‘present himself as a disabled veteran’ on Who Is America?
STATE health insurer PhilHealth on Tuesday launched the “Z benefit package” for children with developmental disabilities to ensure financial risk protection for all Filipinos including persons with disabilities. Developmental disability refers to the manifestation of delays, regressions or deviations in the cognitive-adaptive, sensorimotor, communication, social, emotional or behavioral developmental domains of a child. This condition begins during the developmental period of the child, making timing important in potentially mitigating the impact of such disability. “We are introducing this Z benefit package, which is an improved, rationalized and relevant benefit for children with disabilities mainly to prevent the catastrophic spending of the poor and marginalized who are enrolled in the National Health Insurance Program while ensuring quality healthcare services,” Dr. Celestina Ma. Jude de la Serna, officer-in-charge PhilHealth president and Chief Executive … [Read more...] about PhilHealth unveils benefits for children with disabilities