skip to main content

H.R. 3695 (95th): State Veterans’ Home Assistance Improvement Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 5, 1977 (Passed Congress).


91 STAT. 262                           PUBLIC LAW 95-62—JULY 5, 1977

                     Public Law 95-62
                     95th Congress
                                                       An Act
  July 5, 1977       To amend title 38 of the United States Code in order to revise and improve the
  [H.R. 3695]          program of making grants to the States for the construction, remodeling, or
                       renovation of State home facilities for furnishing hospital, domiciliary, and
                       nursing home care for eligible veterans, and for other purposes.

                        Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives             of the
State Veterans'       United States of America in Congress assembled, T h a t this Act may
Home Assistance      be cited as the "State Veterans' Home Assistance Improvement Act
Improvement Act      of 1977".
of 1977.                SEC. 2. Subchapter V of chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code,
38 u s e 101 note.
Repeal.              is amended by striking out section 644 in its entirety.
                        SEC. 3. Subchapter I I I of chapter 81 of title 38, United States Code,
                     is amended by—
"Construction".                 (1) amending section 5031 (c) to read as follows:
                        " ( c ) The term 'construction' means the construction of new domi-
                     ciliary or nursing home buildings, the expansion, remodeling, or altera-
                     tion of existing buildings for the provision of domiciliary, nursing
                     home, or hospital care in State homes, and the provision of initial
                     equipment for any such buildings.";
"Cost of                        (2) amending section 5031 (d) to read as follows:
construction'           " ( d ) The term 'cost of construction' means the amount found by the
                     Administrator to be necessary for a construction project, including
                     architect fees, but excluding land acquisition costs.";
                                (3) amending section 5032 to read as follows:
                        " T h e purpose of this subchapter is to assist the several States to
                     construct State home facilities for furnishing domiciliary or nursing
                     home care to veterans, and to expand, remodel, or alter existing build-
                     ings for furnishing domiciliary, nursing home, or hospital care to
                     veterans in State homes.";
Appropriation                   (4) amending section 5033 to read as follows:
authorization.          " ( a ) There is hereby authorized to be appropriated $15,000,000 for
                     the fiscal year ending September 30, 1978, and a like sum for the suc-
                     ceeding fiscal year. Sums appropriated pursuant to this section shall
                     be used for making g r a n t s to States which have submitted, and have
                     had approved by the Administrator, applications for carrying out the
                     purposes and meeting the requirements of this subchapter.
Funds,                  " ( b ) Sums appropriated pursuant to subsection (a) of this section
availability.        shall remain available until expended.";
                                (5) amending section 5034(2) to read as follows:
                        " ( 2 ) General standards of construction, repair, and equipment for
                     facilities constructed with assistance received under this subchapter.";
                                (6) striking out in section 5034(3) "nursing h o m e " ;
                                (7) striking out in section 5035(a) "for furnishing nursing
                            home care";
                                (8) amending section 5035(a)(4) by striking out "nursing
                            home care to veterans" and inserting in lieu thereof "to veterans
                            the level of care for which such application is m a d e " ; by striking

PUBLIC LAW 95-62—JULY 5, 1977 91 STAT. 2 6 3 out "10 per centum" and inserting in lieu thereof "25 per centum"; and by striking out "nursing home" and inserting in lieu thereof "such level of"; (9) amending section 5035(b)(3) to read as follows: " ( 3 ) t h e application contains such reasonable assurances under subsection (a) of this section as t h e Administrator may determine to be necessary, a n d " ; (10) inserting in section 5035(c) "notice a n d " after "appli- cant" ; (11) amending section 5035(d) by inserting " ( 1 ) " before " U p o n " ; by striking out "requested with respect to such project in such application," and inserting in lieu thereof "so approved,"; and by inserting at the end of subsection ( d ) the following new paragraph: " ( 2 ) No one State may receive in any fiscal year in the aggregate under this subchapter more than one-third of the amount appro- priated for carrying out this subchapter in such fiscal year."; (12) striking out in section 5035(e) "approved application" and inserting in lieu thereof "application, whether or not approved,"; and (13) amending section 5036 bv striking out "of facilities for Regulations, furnishing nursing home care"; by inserting immediately before the comma following the word "subchapter" where it first appears "(except t h a t the Administrator, pursuant to regulations which the Administrator shall prescribe, may at the time of such grant provide for a shorter period t h a n twenty, but not less than seven, years, based on the magnitude of the project and the g r a n t amount involved, in the case of t h e expansion, remodeling, or alteration of existing facilities)"; by striking out "nursing home care" w^here it appears the second time and inserting in lieu thereof "domiciliary, nursing home, or hospital care"; and by striking out "facilities," where it appears the t h i r d time and inserting in lieu thereof "construction (but in no event an amount greater than the amount of assistance provided for such construction under this subchapter),". SEC. 4. (a) The heading at the beginning of subchapter I I I of chap- ter 81 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking out "Nursing Home Care" and inserting in lieu thereof "Domiciliary, Nursing Home, and Hospital Care". (b) T h e table of sections at the beginning of chapter 17 of such title, is amended by striking out "644. Authorization of appropriations.". (c) T h e table of sections at the beginning of the heading of sub- chapter I I I of chapter 81 of such title, is amended by striking out "NURSING HOME CARE" and inserting in lieu thereof "DOMICILIARY, NURSING H O M E , AND HOSPITAL C A R E " . SEC. 5. ( a ) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the Effective date. amendments made by this Act shall be effective October 1, 1977. 38 USC 5031 (b) (1) T h e terms and conditions of any g r a n t made prior to Octo- note. ber 1,1977, under section 644 of title 38, United States Code, and regu- Savings provision. lations prescribed thereunder, shall remain in full force a n d effect unless modified, by the mutual agreement of the parties, in accordance with the provisions of subchapter I I I of chapter 81 of such title, and 38 USC 5031 et regulations prescribed thereunder, in effect after September 30, 1977. **?•
91 STAT. 264 PUBLIC LAW 95-62—JULY 5, 1977 Grants, (2) With respect to any grant made prior to October 1,1977, under modification. subchapter I I I of chapter 81 of such title, the Administrator of Veter- 38 use 5031 et ^j^gj Affairs shall, upOn application of a grantee, modify the terms **^' and conditions of such grant to comply with the provisions of such subchapter as amended by this Act, and regulations prescribed there- under, and shall promptly notify each such grantee of the grantee's right to request such modification. Approved July 5, 1977. i 5 .1; LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: HOUSE REPORT No. 95-112 (Comm. on Veterans' Affairs). SENATE REPORT No. 95-166 (Comm. on Veterans' Affairs). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 123 (1977): Apr. 4, considered and passed House. May. 24, considered and passed Senate, amended. June 22, House concurred in Senate amendment.