Bill to Expand HCBS for Veterans Introduced in Congress

Posted Saturday, March 12, 2022

Last week, bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans can receive care in their home for as long as possible was introduced in the House of Representatives. The Elizabeth Dole Home and Community Based Services for Veterans and Caregivers Act of 2022 would expand and improve expand the home and community-based services (HCBS) programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and align public policy with improved outcomes and patient choice, which is to stay in their own home.

This legislation would:

  • Expand access to HCBS services for veterans living in US territories and to Native veterans enrolled in IHS or tribal health program.
  • Raise the cap on how much the VA can pay for the cost of home care from 65% of the cost of nursing home care to 100%.
  • Coordinate expanded VA home care programs with other VA programs.
  • Establish a pilot project to address home health aide shortages.
  • Providing respite care to caregivers of veterans enrolled in home care programs.
  • Establish a “one stop shop” webpage to centralize information for families and veterans on programs available.
  • Require the VA to provide a coordinated handoff for veterans and caregivers denied or discharged from the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers into any other home care program they may be eligible for.

A hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 16th.

Source: NAHC

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