Provider Agreements for extended care services would improve access to veterans’ care
Washington, D.C. — The American Health Care Association (AHCA) applauds the introduction of the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act (S. 1611), legislation introduced by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) to expand veterans’ access to health care services.
“This crucial legislation ensures that America’s veterans have access to extended care services from providers who are closer to veterans’ homes and community support structures,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “These men and women selflessly served our country and it is important we provide them the best care possible.”
More specifically, the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act would ensure that extended care providers, including nursing center care, could legally enter into VA Provider Agreements, and would only be subject to the same rules and regulations as any other Medicare or Medicaid provider. The ability for qualified providers to enter such agreements would facilitate services for veterans closer to the veterans’ homes and community support structures. Once qualified providers have the ability to enter into VA Provider Agreements, the number of facilities serving veterans will increase in most markets, expanding the options among veterans for nursing center care and home and community-based services.
Earlier this year, Hoeven secured a commitment from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David Shulkin to work together on this effort.
Additionally, as a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven recently secured a provision in the Fiscal Year 2018 VA funding bill expressing congressional support for allowing non-VA long-term care facilities to enter into provider agreements with the VA.
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The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 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 nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org or www.ncal.org.