Thousands of veterans to receive expanded health coverage through full implementation of PACT Act

On Monday, representatives from the Veterans Administration and local officials gathered in downtown Rochester to discuss the latest phase of the PACT (Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics) Act. This legislation aims to provide expanded health care services for veterans who may have been exposed to toxic materials.

Jason Richards, an Outreach Program Coordinator with the VA, explained that the full implementation of the law means that veterans who may have health issues due to exposure to toxins will now be covered in a wide range of situations. This new provision allows for toxic exposure discussions regardless of combat, making more veterans eligible for VA health care.

Rep. Joe Morelle (D-25), who was present at the event, expressed gratitude to the Veterans Administration for their quick approval of the new health coverage implementation. He emphasized the importance of ensuring veterans and their families receive the benefits they deserve, as exposure to toxins can impact not only the veteran but also their family members.

It is believed that there are likely thousands of veterans in the Finger Lakes region and many more nationwide who will benefit from the expanded regulations. Morelle and local VA representatives are working hard to spread awareness about this new law and encourage eligible veterans to take advantage of its benefits. Additional information can be found on the VA’s website.

By Riley Johnson

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