Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AHCA Member Testifies in front of U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee

Dana Halvorson

Fred Benjamin of Medicalodges, Inc.

This afternoon, AHCA member and VP and COO of Medicalodges, Inc. in Coffeyville, Kansas, Fred Benjamin, will testify in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on the VA provider agreement discussion draft. This draft legislation makes sure the non-Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based option is available so that AHCA’s skilled nursing care centers and others can continue in partnership with the VA to provide veterans quality health care as close to home as possible. It is long-standing policy that Medicare (Parts A and B) or Medicaid providers are not considered to be federal contractors. However, if a provider currently has VA patients, they are considered to be a federal contractor.  

As you may know, AHCA started work with the VA and Capitol Hill on the provider agreement issue for extended care services several years ago. In this current Congress, the U.S. Senate and House Veteran’s Affairs Committees and other key members of Congress are currently working on this issue. In addition to the VA provider agreement discussion draft, a few other VA related bills and topics are under discussion and consideration at today’s hearing.

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