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VA long-term care gets boost. (Legislation).

A U.S. representative has made long-term VA care a priority.

Rep. Sue Kelly (R-N.Y.) introduced the Veterans Long-Term Care Availability Act of 1999--H.R. 1432--in April. It would provide long-term nursing care at public expense to any veteran with a service-connected disability of 50% or more. Currently, VA does not offer long-term care as a mandated benefit.

"That is wrong and this legislation will guarantee our veterans receive the appropriate extended care they need," Kelly said. At press time, H.R. 1432 had been referred to the House VA Committee.

Long-term VA care is a priority for VFW. The official position is stated in Res. 613--Entitlement to Nursing Home Care--which was approved at the last national convention. It urges Congress to amend the Veterans Health Care Reform Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-262) and provide nursing home care to all veterans.

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Title Annotation:Veterans Long-Term Care Availability Act of 1999 being considered by Congress
Author:Dyhouse, Tim
Publication:VFW Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 1999
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