Monday, May 15, 2017

AHCA Commends Senator Hoeven for Working to Increase Veterans’ Access to Long-Term Care

Dana Halvorson

Last week, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) issued a statement in response to Senator John Hoeven’s (R-ND) questioning at a May 11, 2017, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Military Construction and Veterans Affairs hearing on reducing burden and increasing veterans’ access to health care. The hearing, which focused on the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (the Choice Act), followed a recent Department of Veteran’s Affairs decision to remove a proposed rule that would have permitted “extended care” agreements between private long-term care providers, including skilled nursing care centers, and the VA.

Senator Hoeven is actively working through legislation that he plans to introduce to ensure that skilled nursing care centers and other long-term care providers are eligible to provide care to veterans. The McKnight’s article on the hearing and the Senator’s work can be found here, and a press statement from Senator Hoeven’s office on the hearing is here.

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