AHCA Applauds House Introduction of Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act
Washington, D.C. — The American Health Care Association (AHCA) supports yesterday’s announcement
of the planned introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act. The bill, which will be introduced by Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-ME-02) once the House returns from recess, expands veterans’ access to health care services. Earlier this year, a Senate companion bill (S. 1611) was introduced by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD).
“This is an important step for our veterans who need access to long term and post-acute care,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We must continue to find ways to serve more American veterans who need long term and post-acute care and do all we can to help the providers eligible to provide them with this care.”
The Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act would ensure that extended care providers, including nursing centers, can legally enter into Veterans Affairs (VA) Provider Agreements, and would be subject to the same rules and regulations as any other Medicare or Medicaid provider. The number of facilities serving veterans will increase in most markets once qualified providers are able to enter into VA Provider Agreements, broadening options among veterans for nursing center care and home and community-based services.
AHCA recently submitted a statement
for the record for an October 24 House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing on draft legislation that does include a section on VA Provider Agreements. AHCA’s statement advocates for policies which would grant the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs the legislative authority to enter into Provider Agreements for extended care services.
The American Health Care Association and
National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 13,500
non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living
communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and
development 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.