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.
- What Happens When VA Proposes to Reduce My Disability Rating?
- New VA Appeals Process
- Military Retirement – What It Means for Veterans
- VA Disability – What Qualifies as a Disability for VA Benefits
- Special Monthly Compensation Explained
- How to Prove Agent Orange Exposure?
- Does VA Consider Age as a Factor for TDIU?
- How Many Options Are There to Appeal a Disability Claims Decision in 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?
- How and When to Appeal Your VA Claim Decision
- VA Appeals Reform: RAMP in Review (Jan. 2019)
- The History of Agent Orange
- VA Appeals Reform is HERE (February 19, 2019)
- Thailand Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange Deserve Compensation
- Form 9 Legal Definition
- CAVC Legal Definition
- P&T Legal Definition
- Higher-Level Review Lane
- VBA Legal Definition