Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Assisted Living for Disabled Veterans

Dana Halvorson


According to a Saturday, January 2, 2016, article entitled Feds to pay for some disabled veterans’ assisted living by Peggy McCarthy of the Conn. Health I-Team, “The federal government will pay for disabled veterans now residing in assisted-living facilities, under a bill passed by Congress in December. But the measure doesn’t cover veterans who may move to such places in the future. 

Disabled veterans living at retirement homes, including those at Seacrest Retirement Center in West Haven, HighVue Manor in Hamden, and Mattatuck Health Care in Waterbury, were told in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that coverage of their housing was a mistake and would end. The coverage began in 2010. U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro obtained extensions for the Connecticut veterans who sought her help and she proposed the language in the bill approved that ensured their coverage would continue. 

Residential care facilities affected by the legislation serve veterans who can’t live independently, but don’t need the skilled nursing care of nursing homes. The facilities generally provide services such as, housing, food, housekeeping and supervision of medicines.” You can also find further information on U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s website

AHCA/NCAL will continue to follow this matter.



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