Full Implementation of Appeals Reform: VA Publishes Updates to Adjudications Manual
On August 23, 2017, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Appeals Reform) was signed into law. Specifically, the new system allows veterans to choose from three different review options, or lanes, when filing an appeal: the higher-level review lane, the supplemental claim lane, and the Notice of Disagreement (i.e. Appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals) lane. There are three additional options for veterans at the Board: the direct review docket, evidence docket, and hearing docket. Appeals Reform was officially implemented today, February 19, 2019. All requests for review of VA decisions that were issued on or after today will be processed under the new, multi-lane system. Earlier today, VA also published updates to nearly 100 sections of its Adjudications Manual (M21-1 Manual) to reflect the changes implemented by Appeals Reform. The M21-1 Manual outlines VA’s internal policies and procedures and guides VA adjudicators in making decisions.
- Appeals to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- 10 Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Cases All Veterans Should Know: Part 1
- FAQ Friday: The Appeals Process & The CAVC
- VA Appeals Reform Deadlines
- What is the Process at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals Under the New VA Appeals System?
- Will There Be a Notice of Disagreement Lane for RAMP Appeals to the Board?
- Can Anyone Opt Into the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP)?
- Can I Opt-in to Appeals Reform Once It’s Enacted?
- Should I Wait to File an Appeal Until VA Appeals Reform Takes Effect?
- What is the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA)?
- The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC)
- Video: 9 Myths About the VA Appeals Modernization Act
- The New VA Appeals System, Explained
- VA Appeals Reform is HERE (February 19, 2019)
- The Board of Veterans’ Appeals Explained
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