IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 5, 2020
Ms. Sinema (for herself and Mrs. Blackburn) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs contract authority for placement of veterans in non-Department medical foster homes
Section 1720 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
During the three-year period beginning on October 1, 2020, 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, agreement, or other arrangement 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 paragraph shall agree, as a condition of such placement, to accept home health services furnished by the Secretary under section 1717 of this title.
In any year, not more than a daily average of 900 veterans placed in a medical foster home, whether placed before or after the date of the enactment of this subsection, may have their care covered at the expense of the United States under paragraph (1).
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.
Subsection (h) of section 1720 of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), shall take effect on October 1, 2020.