Caring For Our Veterans Act of 2017
On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, considered and approved legislation entitled, Caring for our Veterans Act of 2017. This legislation establishes a veterans community care program, and ensures that extended care providers, including nursing centers, can legally enter into VA Provider Agreements. The legislation would next go to the full U.S. Senate for consideration.
The American Health Care Association endorsed this legislation introduced earlier this year entitled, the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act (S. 1611/H.R. 4113). This legislation, introduced by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) and by Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-ME-02), would ensure that extended care providers, including nursing centers, can legally enter into VA Provider Agreements, and would be subject to the same rules and regulations as any other Medicare or Medicaid provider. Under S. 1611/H.R. 4113, the number of facilities serving veterans will increase in most markets once qualified providers are able to enter into VA Provider Agreements, broadening options among veterans for nursing center care and home and community-based services. The U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs approved legislation noted above includes some, but not all, of the provisions from the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act.