Veterans Upset By Increase In Prescription Prices

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Veterans Affairs Department in northeast Ohio said that it is receiving complaints about an increase in the co-pay for prescriptions for veterans.

The VA raised the price of drugs last month from $2 to $7 for approximately 2 million veterans.

U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland, a Democrat from Lucasville, has proposed legislation to reverse the increase.

The VA countered the criticism by saying that prescriptions have cost $2 since 1990. The VA cut the co-pay for office visits by 70 percent to leave veterans with less out-of-pocket expenses.

About 6 million veterans are enrolled in the VA health system. Only veterans without disabilities acquired during service are charged a co-pay.

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