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VA RIN: 2900-AR66 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Adjudications Coronavirus-Related Illness Claims 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend the portion of its Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) that addresses infectious diseases and immune disorders to add a new diagnostic code and rating criteria for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (also referred to as COVID-19). Additionally, VA is proposing to amend its claims adjudication regulations to establish presumptive service connection for COVID-19 and its chronic residuals. This proposed rulemaking is needed to implement the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 and will enable claims adjudicators to grant service connection for active COVID-19 disease and any of its long-term residuals when the disease is diagnosed after a qualifying period of duty but before the end of the manifestation period. Finally, this proposed rulemaking will specify the nomenclature used to refer to the coronavirus-related illnesses.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 4.88b    38 CFR 3.319   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B)    2 U.S.C. 1532   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Korrie Shivers
Policy Analyst, Part 3 Regulations and Forms Staff, Veterans Benefits Administration
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 461-9720