Wednesday, May 9, 2018

U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Approves Legislation Including VA Provider Agreements

Dana Halvorson


This legislation, among other things, would streamline the VA’s community care programs into one cohesive program, and ensures that extended care providers, including nursing centers, can legally enter into VA Provider Agreements. President Trump has called on Congress to pass this bill before Memorial Day. 

AHCA will keep members apprised of any further Congressional action related to this legislation. 

As you may know from previous AHCA communications, AHCA endorses legislation introduced last year, 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. House 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. 

If you have any questions about the ongoing Hill efforts around VA Provider Agreements, please contact AHCA’s Senior Director of Not for Profit & Constituent Services, Dana Halvorson.

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