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.
- The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) Explained
- VA Disability Claims and Appeals Process Timeline
- Appeals to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- Why Reform the Appeals System
- RAMP: Should you participate in VA’s new Rapid Appeals Modernization Program?
- Once I Join, Can I Opt Out of the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP)?
- Will There Be a Notice of Disagreement Lane for RAMP Appeals to the Board?
- What is the Process in a Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) or Veterans Court Appeal?
- Is RAMP a Part of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017?
- When Will Appeals Reform Take Effect?
- The Board of Veterans’ Appeals Explained
- VA Appeals Reform: How will it affect your claim?
- Video: 9 Myths About the VA Appeals Modernization Act
- VA Appeals Reform is HERE (February 19, 2019)
- Revisiting the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP)
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