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

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 2, 2015 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 24

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 294

[Report No. 114–35]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 13, 2015

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

March 2, 2015

Additional sponsors: Mr. Cole and Mr. Norcross

March 2, 2015

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on January 13, 2015


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 placement of veterans in non-Department medical foster homes

(a)

Authority

(1)

In general

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, and subject to paragraph (2), 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 place the veteran in 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 placed in a medical foster home under this subsection shall agree, as a condition of such placement, to accept home health services furnished by the Secretary under section 1717 of this title.

(2)

Not more than 900 veterans placed in a medical foster home, whether placed before or after the enactment of the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act, may have their care covered at the expense of the United States under subsection (a).

(3)

In 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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(2)

Effective date

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

(b)

Limitations on awards and bonuses

Section 705 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–146; 38 U.S.C. 703 note) is amended to read as follows:

705.

Limitation on awards and bonuses paid to employees of Department of Veterans Affairs

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall ensure that the aggregate amount of awards and bonuses paid by the Secretary in a fiscal year under chapter 45 or 53 of title 5, United States Code, or any other awards or bonuses authorized under such title or title 38, United States Code, does not exceed the following amounts:

(1)

With respect to each of fiscal years 2015 through 2018, $300,000,000.

(2)

With respect to each of fiscal years 2019 through 2024, $360,000,000.

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Amend the title so as to read: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts and agreements for the placement of veterans in non-Department medical foster homes for certain veterans who are unable to live independently..

March 2, 2015

Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed