Saturday, April 18, 2009

LA Times: Injured war zone contractors fight to get care

This one hitting close to home.
The Los Angeles Times (4/17, A1, Miller, Smith, 833K) reports, "Civilian workers who suffered devastating injuries while supporting the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan have come home to a grinding battle for basic medical care, artificial limbs, psychological counseling and other services. The insurance companies responsible for their treatment under taxpayer-funded policies have routinely denied the most serious medical claims. Those insurers -- primarily American International Group (AIG) -- recorded hundreds of millions of dollars in profits on this business." While wounded soldiers "are offered healthcare, rehabilitation and support services by the military, the civilians have to battle a federally supervised insurance system marked by high costs and excessive delays."

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