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AHCA Applauds Senate Support for Veterans' Health Care  
AHCA Applauds Senate Support for Veterans' Health Care
41 Senators Send Letter Urging Expanded Access to Long Term and Post-Acute Care
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

6/22/2014
Washington, D.C. – The American Health Care Association (AHCA) today is applauding an effort by Senate Democrats and Republicans, led by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Carper (D-DE) to expand veterans’ access to health care services, including long term and post-acute care. Forty-one (41) Senators sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) urging the Agency to release the Provider Agreement rule, RIN 2900-AO15, which increases the opportunity for veterans to obtain non-VA- extended care services from local providers that furnish vital and often life-sustaining medical services.

“We are pleased that the final Provider Agreement rule has resounding support from Senators on both sides of the aisle, and we applaud their drive to improve quality care options for our nation’s veterans,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). “It is our obligation to continuously seek opportunities for our nation’s veterans, and the Provider Agreement rule is an opportunity to improve health outcomes by improving health care access.”

AHCA had commented in support of the proposed rule when it was released in 2013 and collaborated with the VA for years on it. The increase in options available will allow veterans to seek care closer to their homes from quality health care providers.

Services covered as extended care under the proposed rule include: nursing center care, geriatric evaluation, domiciliary services, adult day health care, respite care, palliative care, hospice care, and home health care when they are “non-institutional alternatives to nursing home care.”

The Senators will be sending the letter to the VA for consideration.

 

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.


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