NAHC Supports Legislation to Keep Veterans in Community Settings
Posted on Monday, September 23, 2019 11:26 AM
On September 11, 2019, the House of Representatives Veteran’s Affair committee held a hearing on the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act which would expand access to home care for veterans to keep them in their own communities.
This legislation would expand access to the Medical Foster Home (MFH) program within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Medical Foster Home program (MFH), provides a non-institutional long-term care alternative for eligible veterans, keeping them out of nursing homes, if that is their preference. Currently, the VA does provide care team support to MFH, but does not have the authority to pay for the cost of the Medical Foster Homes. As a result, veterans must use personal or other funding sources to stay out of nursing homes. This legislation would authorize VA, during a three-year period, to place into medical foster homes that meet VA standards up to 900 veterans for whom VA is currently required to provide nursing home care.
“As it stands, VA is not authorized to pay for the cost of MFHs, which results in veterans using their personal funds or other insurance if they choose to live in an MFH,” says Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), ranking member of the committee. “This legislation would enable VA to pay for an MFH, thus allowing veterans to have the option to live in a more family-like setting. This is an important piece of legislation.”
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