Archive for October, 2017

Bill Passed Which Extends Critical Services for Vets:

On September 29, Public Law 115-62, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2017, was enacted into law.  The bill extends a number of current authorities in veterans’ programs, including Health Care, Benefits, Homelessness, and other matters. The provisions discussed below are supported by resolutions approved by DAV’s membership at our national convention this summer.

DAV strongly supports this law, which extends, by two years, authority for VA to provide nursing home care to veterans with service-connected disabilities; to provide assistance and support services for caregivers; to continue a pilot program for child care for certain veterans in order to allow them to receive health care; to extend a pilot program offering women veterans counseling in retreat settings; and to support beneficiary travel and grants for innovative transportation for veterans living in highly rural areas.  It also allows VA to reimburse veterans for beneficiary travel to Vet Centers in the same manner as if they received services within VA health care facilities for one additional year.  A pilot program to provide neurobehavioral therapy and services to veterans with traumatic brain injuries was extended only by three months pending the submission of a final report to Congress due this December.

The Act also allows VA to continue to provide rehabilitation and vocational benefits to active duty service members with severe injuries for one more year. This authority allows VA to address immediate rehabilitative needs of service members while their probable medical discharges are pending.

The Act extends, by one year, many provisions to assist homeless veterans, including the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) program administered by the Department of Labor, in addition to grants for child care for certain veterans participating in these programs.  It extends authority for referral and counseling services for certain “at risk” veterans and provides supportive services for very low income families in permanent housing to preempt homelessness.  It extends, by two years, “special needs” grants to homeless provider grantees who work with populations who require additional attention such as hospice services or intensive mental health care and authority for VA to continue to provide comprehensive community services to homeless veterans with serious mental illness.

In addition, the law authorizes, for two additional years, appropriations for adaptive sports programs for disabled veterans and service members. It also extends authority for specially adapted housing grant programs.

DAV commends Congress for acting quickly to ensure these important authorities for veterans were not allowed to lapse.  Service-disabled veterans depend upon these programs to reintegrate successfully into their families, communities and vocations.

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29 Oct, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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If you like this bill, please support it at the link below!

If you like this bill, please support it at the link below!

 

Senator Bill Cassidy (LA), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced S. 1261, the Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act of 2017.  This bill would require VA to contract with community urgent care providers and pay reasonable costs for such care provided to veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system and have received care in the system within the preceding two years.It would also establish cost-sharing amounts for certain veterans receiving care at a VA emergency room.  However, veterans who are hospitalized as a result of their urgent care visit and veterans seeking care for a service-connected condition in addition to veterans meeting criteria for hardship exceptions would be exempt from copayments.

DAV Resolution 242 calls upon Congress to authorize urgent care as part of VA’s basic health benefits package.  Please write your Senators and urge their co-sponsorship and support for passage of S. 1261.

Thank you for your continued efforts and participation in the DAV Commander’s Action Network.

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24 Oct, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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DAV supports S. 833, the Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support Act of 2017

18 Oct, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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Make your voice heard!

The DAV is working with the IRS to find out ways to help veterans make ends meet, especially immediately after discharge from the service. They want to be able to provide links to community services and tax breaks that vets may not know about. Take the survey and make your voice heard!
 
03 Oct, 2017  Posted by Beth   Comments Off on Make your voice heard!
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From the desk of our National Commander:

From the desk of our National Commander:

Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI) introduced S. 1153, the Veterans Acquiring Community Care Expect Safe Services (ACCESS) Act. This bill would give VA the authority to deny, revoke, or suspend the eligibility for certain community health care providers from treating veterans based on having a medical licensure violation or when a private provider has entered into a settlement agreement for a disciplinary charge related to the practice of medicine.

This measure ensures the safety of veterans and is in accordance with DAV Resolution 173, which calls for, “…strengthening, reforming and sustaining a modern, high-quality, accessible and accountable VA health care system” and “… creating integrated networks with high-quality community providers where needed…” S. 1153 would contribute to improving the quality of providers within such integrated networks by helping to preclude certain health care providers when VA is aware they have a documented record of endangering patient health or safety.

Please join DAV in supporting legislation to ensure that only the best health care practitioners treat our nation’s ill and injured veterans. Please use the prepared e-mail to write your Senators today.

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02 Oct, 2017  Posted by Beth   Comments Off on From the desk of our National Commander:
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