Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AHCA Applauds House Support for Veterans’ Health Care

Dana Halvorson and Amy Mendoza

AHCA is applauding a bipartisan effort by over 100 House Democrats and Republicans, led by Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN), to expand veterans’ access to health care services, including long term and post-acute care. Last Friday, one-hundred and nine (109) House members sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) urging the Agency to release the Provider Agreement rule, RIN 2900-AO15, which increases the opportunity for veterans to obtain non-VA- extended care services from local providers that furnish vital and often life-sustaining medical services.

Services covered as extended care under the proposed rule include: nursing center care, geriatric evaluation, domiciliary services, adult day health care, respite care, palliative care, hospice care, and home health care when they are “non-institutional alternatives to nursing home care.” This effort comes after 43 members of the Senate recently sent a similar bipartisan letter to the VA to urge release of the rule.

AHCA commented in support of the proposed rule when it was released in 2013, and collaborated with the VA for years on it.  

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