Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today was pleased to announce that mileage reimbursement rates for veterans have been increased, from 28.5 to 41.5 cents per mile.
This increase, effective immediately, is the second increase this year. In January, veterans received the first increase since the rate was set at 11 cents per mile in 1979, when gas prices were 95 cents a gallon.
“The mileage reimbursement increase is especially important for our veterans in New Hampshire,” declared Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “Many of our veterans are forced to travel long distances, some out of state, to receive the health care they need. This increase will provide our veterans with much-needed relief.”
The mileage reimbursement increases are a result of record investments in the Veterans Administration budget over the past two fiscal years. During the 110th Congress, Congresswoman Shea-Porter supported an historic $16.3 billion increase in funding for veterans’ health care and benefits.
In addition to the increased reimbursement, veterans will see their deductibles decrease in January. Currently, the deductibles are $7.77 for a one-way trip and $15.54 for a round-trip with a maximum monthly deductible of $46.62. On January 9, 2009, those will be dramatically decreased to $3.00 for a one-way trip and $6.00 for a round-trip, with a monthly maximum deductible of $18.