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H.R. 294 (114th): Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 13, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 294

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 13, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts and agreements for the transfer of veterans to non-Department medical foster homes for certain veterans who are unable to live independently.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act.

2.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs contract authority for transfer of veterans non-Department medical foster homes

(a)

Authority

Section 1720 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(h)
(1)

During the three-year period beginning on October 1, 2015, at the request of a veteran for whom the Secretary is required to provide nursing home care under section 1710A of this title, the Secretary may transfer the veteran to a medical foster home that meets Department standards, at the expense of the United States, pursuant to a contract or agreement entered into between the Secretary and the medical foster home for such purpose. A veteran who is transferred to a medical foster home under this subsection shall agree, as a condition of such transfer, to accept home health services furnished by the Secretary under section 1717 of this title.

(2)

For purposes of this subsection, the term medical foster home means a home designed to provide non-institutional, long-term, supportive care for veterans who are unable to live independently and prefer a family setting.

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(b)

Effective date

Subsection (h) of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), shall take effect on October 1, 2015.