Laramie, WY – Seven U.S. senators are asking the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase the amount it pays disabled veterans who travel to Veterans Administration hospitals to receive care.
Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., announced the effort to get an increase of 17.5 cents per mile in the reimbursement rate.
Enzi says the average price for gas in Wyoming is $2.83 per gallon. And he says the travel reimbursement rate for veterans was set in 1977, when gas averaged between 60 and 63 cents per gallon. Despite the increase in gas prices, he says the reimbursement rate remains locked at 11 cents.
Wyoming has two VA hospitals, located in Sheridan and Cheyenne. Veterans must travel to one of these facilities to be treated for health conditions and still be covered by a health care plan that the government provides for them.