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VA claim backlog shows vast improvement
In the last four years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has completed more than 1 million claims each year. Through June of this year, it has completed 1 million claims! The VA has reduced the claims backlog by more than 55 percent from its peak of 611,000 in March 2013. Currently, the average wait is 128 days less than in 2013.
The VA’s national “claim-level” accuracy rate is currently 91 percent. The number of claims to change the status of a dependent has risen from 35,734 at the start of 2012, to 191,464 on June 28, 2014.
The average time for a denied claim to work its way through the VA’s appeals process shot up to more than 900 days last year. After staying between 500 and 750 days for the past decade, the process hit 923 days in fiscal 2013. Its long-term goal is 400 days to resolve an appeal.
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